Rachel Dolezal, the human white/gold black/blue dress, was supposed to address that SCANDAL at an already scheduled NAACP meeting tonight and I was expecting her to address it by singing out “Free To Be…You And Me,” but that’s not going to happen. After the brother she tried to pass off as her son told the media that she asked him to lie for her and her parents continued to blast her in the media, she has quit her position as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Rachel didn’t completely get into the whole “not being black” thing, but she did say that her race has become a distraction and so she needs to take ten steps back. She also patted her own taint several times for a job well done. You can read Rachel’s entire statement on Facebook, but here’s a piece of it. “Bye Rachel” is probably going to become the new “Bye Felicia.”
I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story. I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion. Additionally, I have always deferred to the state and national NAACP leadership and offer my sincere gratitude for their unwavering support of my leadership through this unexpected firestorm.
While challenging the construct of race is at the core of evolving human consciousness, we can NOT afford to lose sight of the five Game Changers (Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Health & Healthcare, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Voting Rights & Political Representation) that affect millions, often with a life or death outcome. The movement is larger than a moment in time or a single person’s story, and I hope that everyone offers their robust support of the Journey for Justice campaign that the NAACP launches today!
I am delighted that so many organizations and individuals have supported and collaborated with the Spokane NAACP under my leadership to grow this branch into one of the healthiest in the nation in 5 short months. In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.
Rachel will now spend her free time studying Mickey Rooney’s performance in Breakfast At Tiffany’s before she applies to be the president of the JACL’s chapter in Spokane. No, but this whole mess isn’t even close to being finished, and I just hope it brings out more gorgeous songs from her ex-boyfriends about her otherworldly vayjayjay game.