Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist in Washington state who has come under fire for her disputed racial identity, said Monday she was stepping down as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.
In a message posted on the group’s Facebook page, Dolezal wrote that she was stepping aside after a dialogue about social justice issues “unexpectedly shifted internationally to my own personal identity.”
Dolezal became the center of a controversy last week when her parents came forward to say that she was a white woman who was claiming to be black. When a reporter for KXLY in Spokane asked her if she was African American, she said she did not understand the question and walked away.
On Monday, a little more than three days into the national media frenzy, Dolezal cast her decision to step down after five months as head of the Spokane chapter as necessary for the larger organization.