Target: President of the Spokane NAACP chapter Rachel Dolezal
Goal: Demand Dolezal apologize for allegedly posing as an African American woman.
As questions were raised about the authenticity of some of Rachel Dolezal’s claims of being a victim of a hate crime, the president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter race has also been questioned by many as a white couple has come forward to claim that she is their daughter; therefore making her Caucasian and not of a mixed race like she previously claimed. When asked if she was truly African American by reporters, she claimed that she did not understand the question while later adding that “We’re all from the African continent.”
The NAACP states that “One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” however Dolezal has posted pictures of her with an African American man who she claimed to be her father. She has claimed to be white, African American, and Native American, and other races when filling out an application for a public position in Spokane where race was a factor in the hiring process. She has also written essays explaining what it is like to black in the United States.
The problem is that she is presenting herself as someone she is not. And behind Dolezal allegedly lying about her ethnicity, is the fact that an African American man or woman could not share their own stories of the racism or marginalization they have experienced, because a woman whose parents are stating that she is in fact white spoke for them.
Dear Rachel Dolezal,
While I commend your efforts and accomplishments you have achieved as the president of the NAACP chapter of Spokane, Washington, I am alarmed by the allegations that you have lied about your race and that you are in fact white. This is extremely troubling and I believe that you owe an apology not only to the Spokane NAACP, but the entire black community who has looked to your for guidance in the past.
You have spoken of white privilege like you have never experienced it firsthand, when in fact your parents claim you are Caucasian. You have written blogs and have been paid to give speeches about what it is like to be black in the United States, and what is so troubling about this is that people who are actually African American have not been given the chance to speak about their own legitimate experiences. In a time when many are saying that the United States is going through a second Civil Rights Movement, strong voices from the black community are needed.
By posing as an African American woman, you have trivialized black people’s experiences of marginalization and oppression. You are clearly passionate about social justice and the black community, but I believe it is necessary to apologize for posing as someone you are not.
[Your Name Here]
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