Rachel Dolezal was scheduled to give a statement at the Spokane NAACP meeting Monday night regarding her recent outing as a white woman pretending to be black, but that meeting was canceled for “continuing discussion.” That was probably a good idea, although the Spokane NAACP branch did issue a very brief statement declaring that it “stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”
This afternoon, Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, issued a statement on Dolezal’s resignation and essentially mirrored the Spokane statement: what matters isn’t the racial identity of the NAACP’s leadership but the institutional integrity of its advocacy — in other words, being a liberal.
And that’s it, as far as Dolezal is concerned. Rather, Brooks took a sharp turn into a list of the organization’s “real work” and the promotion of an upcoming march. That real work includes tackling the #McKinney pool party controversy, voter disenfranchisement, income inequality, and third class schools for minorities. The march is the upcoming America’s Journey for Justice, and everyone’s invited, regardless of color or creed.
The NAACP might be fine with Dolezal packing up and moving on, but others would like an apology, at minimum.