Rachel Dolezal, accused of pretending to be black, resigning from NAACP post

Rachel Dolezal (Courtesy: NBC News)

SPOKANE, Wash. (NBC NEWS) – Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP chapter president who was accused of pretending to be black, said Monday that she would step down.

“Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Dolezal, a professor in the Africana Education Department at Eastern Washington University, has identified herself on official documents as partly black.

But her parents told reporters last week that she is “Caucasian by birth,” with Czech, Swedish, German and a trace of Native American ancestry.

In addition to the job at the NAACP, Dolezal, 37, is the chairwoman of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, a volunteer appointment. On the application for the job, she identified as white, black, and American Indian. The city has said it is looking into the matter.

On Friday, the NAACP said it has a “long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds.”

Dolezal was scheduled to address the matter at a chapter meeting on Monday night but postponed those remarks.

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