Ms. Dolezal, chair of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission and an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, made the announcement on Facebook after she canceled a meeting with her chapter Monday to address swirling controversy over her racial identity.
“Many issues face us now that drive at the theme of urgency. Police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, economic disenfranchisement, health inequities, and a lack of pro-justice political representation are among the concerns at the forefront of the current administration of the Spokane NAACP,” she wrote. “And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.
“I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions — absent the full story,” she continued. “I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.”
“Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice,” Ms. Dolezal wrote. “This is not me quitting; this is a continuum. It’s about moving the cause of human rights and the Black Liberation Movement along the continuum from Resistance to Chattel Slavery to Abolition to Defiance of Jim Crow to the building of Black Wall Street to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and into a future of self-determination and empowerment.”
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