NAACP Statement on the Resignation of Rachel Dolezal

BALTIMORE, Md. – Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington Branch, has resigned. As a result, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

"The NAACP is not concerned with the racial identity of our leadership but the institutional integrity of our advocacy. Our focus must be on issues not individuals. Ms. Rachel Dolezal has decided to resign to ensure that the Spokane branch remains focused on fighting for civil and human rights. This resignation today comes amidst the real work of the NAACP and the real challenges to our democracy.  

At a civic moment, when we mark our civic calendar with a criminal justice tragedy every few days including a children's birthday party with police and pool; at a moment when the civic sacrament called the vote is desecrated by voter disenfranchisement;  at a moment where rising income inequality and declining social mobility leave American workers stranded outside the middle class; and at a moment when our world class economy is undermined by third class schools for forgotten students; the NAACP announced today the long schedule for America’s Journey for Justice. This historic 860 mile march demands a disciplined focus not on any individual among us but the issues that affect us all. We are calling on Americans of every hue and heritage, of every racial background and of every political party and those with no party affiliation, and those of every generation to make history and make change by marching on America's Journey for Justice."

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

 

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