Yahoo- Rachel Dolezal stepped down from her position as the president of an NAACP chapter in Washington State on Monday – days after her racial identity became a national controversy.
The civil rights activist, 37, made the announcement in an open letter posted on Facebook to the organization’s executive committee and members.
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley,” she wrote.
“And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity,” she wrote.
The NAACP released a statement Friday in support of Dolezal.
It says the NAACP stands behind her advocacy record and that a person's race does not qualify or disqualify him or her from taking leadership roles within the organization.
Dolezal received her master’s degree from Howard University and teaches Africana studies at Eastern Washington University.
You know what, I'm not mad, I am just disappointed. I got to say, I was all-in on Rachel's blackness. You put your mind to it and you can be whatever it is that you want to be in this world. When did the concept that our parents constantly instilled in us growing up start excluding the aspiration to be a black woman? Don't tell me this woman didn't do enough to be considered black. Changing her hair style and skin color? Going to fucking Howard, of all universities? Devoting her life to African American Studies and the NAACP organization? This woman has done more to prove her blackness than Drake. She has done more for the black community than Oprah. If she was that devoted to being a minority then I refuse to belittle her ability to identify as such.
That is until she stepped down from her position as head of the NAACP. In my eyes this woman just went from being the female Malcolm X to being the female Vanilla Ice. I really thought she was going to make it. When the news of her being white came out and her first response was "I don't give two shits what you guys think" I was convinced she had what it took to be a black woman. That's the sassiest, blackest answer I have ever heard. Unfortunately this woman she just wasn't strong enough to persevere. You don't just get to embrace the culture and benefits of being African American when it's convenient and quit when you face a little bit of backlash. That's part of being black. You think the shit is easy? You thought you could bullshit your way through life singing all the lyrics to rap songs out loud, attending all neighborhood cookouts, and convincing white people you had rhythm and swagger without dealing with the criticism that comes with your current racial standing? Don't get me wrong, she did a hell of a job playing black, but someone that quits when the going gets tough doesn't get the right to call herself a black woman. All she had to do was stick to her guns and stand up for what she believes in and she could have been a pioneer. Instead she's just some unemployed white bitch in blackface with a degree from a Howard and a tarnished public image. Just another fraudulent honkey that couldn't hack it when she found out what being black was really about. She's basically an older, less talented Iggy Azalea without the ass to fall back on.
Welcome back Rachel. Thanks for making us look bad...