Monday, June 15, 2015

Rachel Dolezal Resigns

She is no longer the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP.

I hope she writes a book about the experience called Black Like Me.

Oops. I think that book has already been written with the same title. As I recall, it was a staple of high school lit classes in the 1960s into the early 1970s.

The author of that work, which was a best seller and made into a movie, journalist John Howard Griffin, died in 1980 from complications of diabetes.

Dolezal will have to try for a different title.

Rachel Dolezal stepped down from her position as the president of an NAACP chapter in Washington State on Monday – days after her ethnic identity became a national controversy.

The civil rights activist 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.

Her intentions were good, but she went about it the wrong way.

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