(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Embattled NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal has stepped down amid accusations that she changed her appearance to appear as a different race.
Dolezal posted a letter on the Spokane, Washington NAACP Facebook page announcing she is leaving her position as president of the chapter.
“In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP,” she said in the post.
Dolezal did not directly challenge any accusation made regarding her race in the post but mentioned in passing that the national “dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”
Dolezal’s story went public after her parents accused her of lying about her race and changing her appearance even though she was born to two Caucasian parents.
Dolezal, 37, said that the vice president of the chapter would take over her duties and that she will “never stop fighting for human rights.”
“Whether it means stepping up or stepping down,” Dolezal said in her statement. “This is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”
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