Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed herself off as black, resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP today. The New York Times reports the writing was on the wall when chapter members began a petition to have her removed:
Monday was expected to bring a reckoning of some kind, at a previously scheduled meeting of the Spokane N.A.A.C.P. chapter. Ms. Dolezal said last week that she would not address the matter publicly until she had discussed it with her chapter’s executive committee and membership, and she expected it to be aired at the meeting.
But on Sunday, a chapter Facebook posting said, “Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national N.A.A.C.P. leaders, tomorrow’s meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.” That angered some chapter officials, who said Ms. Dolezal did not have the authority unilaterally to postpone the meeting; it was not clear Monday morning whether it would be held in the evening, as planned.
Chapter members had started an online petition and were planning a demonstration outside the chapter’s office Monday, both calling for Ms. Dolezal to step aside. The N.A.A.C.P. has had many white officials over the years, and critics said the issue is not Ms. Dolezal’s race, but her credibility.
After this story from Smoking Gun becomes known, she’ll be ostracized by every black activist in the country.
Dolezal sued Howard University for discrimination when they refused to hire her for teaching positions and a scholarship because, she claims, she was white.
The NAACP official who today resigned in the face of evidence that she masqueraded as black once sued Howard University for denying her teaching posts and a scholarship because she was a white woman, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Rachel Dolezal, 37, who headed the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter, sued Howard for discrimination in 2002, the year she graduated from the historically black college with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, named the university and Professor Alfred Smith as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court. During the pendency of the civil case, Smith was chairman of Howard’s Department of Art.
According to a Court of Appeals opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit “claimed discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender.” She alleged that Smith and other school officials improperly blocked her appointment to a teaching assistant post, rejected her application for a post-graduate instructorship, and denied her scholarship aid while she was a student.
The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was “motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over” her.
As detailed in the court opinion, Dolezal’s lawsuit contended that Howard was “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult.”
Judge Zoe Bush dismissed Dolezal’s complaint in February 2004, 18 months after the lawsuit was filed and Dolezal was deposed on several occasions. Bush found no evidence that Dolezal was discriminated on the basis of race or other factors. The D.C. Court of Appeals subsequently affirmed Bush’s decision.
Dolezal’s was forced to pay Howard $2700 in court costs, and an additional $1000 “in connection with an ‘obstructive and vexatious’ court filing that sought to improperly delay her examination by an independent doctor.” She apparently faked physical and emotional distress over the discrimination.
You have to wonder how many more white people are out there passing themselves off as black. Blacks passing as whites is fairly common as well as being understandable. But white people who take advantage of affirmative action programs to gain an advantage in educational and employment opportunities by claiming to be a race they are not should be exposed as the racial charlatans they are. They should also be forced to pay back any monies they specifically received due to their race while living under false pretenses.