NAACP Spokane president Rachel Dolezal released a statement late Friday night (June 12). Dolezal sent the letter to NAACP members in Spokane, outlining what her short-term plan is in regard to answering some burning questions. As reported by KHQ News, this comes before Dolezal is expected to make an official statement in front of the Spokane NAACP next Monday (June 15).
The letter sheds a little more light on what she plans to do during the swirling controversy, including asking for prayers and support from those people she represents. What follows is the complete statement that Rachel Dolezal sent to all members of the Spokane NAACP on June 12.
As you probably know by now, there are questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP. I have discussed the situation, including personal matters, with the Executive Committee. I support their decision to wait until Monday to make a statement. the Executive team asked that I also release my response statement at the same time, which will be during the 7-9pm monthly membership meeting.
The national and regional NAACP have recommended this same strategy. I ask that all members of the NAACP respect this process as well. There are many layers to this situation. The Executive Committee would like to open up to paid members the opportunity to have questions submitted by email. The Executive Committee would vet and then choose which questions to address after my personal statement. My sons and I would appreciate your thoughts, prayers and support during the interlude. I will see you Monday!
In Your Service,
President Spokane NAACP”
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the parents of Rachel Dolezal have come forward to claim that their daughter is white, while Dolezal has stated publicly that she considers herself black. The story has been playing out in the press since it was revealed on Thursday (June 11) that an investigation was going to take place. As KHQ News reported at that point, Dolezal had been in the headlines prior to this, responding to what she claimed were racist and threatening letters sent to the NAACP post office box. Later, her parents would reach out to the press to state that their daughter was white.
This story continues to unfold, but it sounds like there might be some “radio silence” until the NAACP meeting takes place on Monday. It’s not surprising that this full statement by Dolezal to members of the NAACP would be sent out as the weekend begins, likely allowing the news cycle to die down a bit. Social media has been inundated with the story, though, causing it to become a national story. For now, Dolezal will remain president of the Spokane NAACP, but it’s unclear if she will plan to resign or ask to keep her position at the next meeting.
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