June 15, 2015
Despite an apparent move to endorse the concept of transracialism by some folks in the Black community, the NAACP chapter of which a White woman pretending to be Black was the head is canceling meetings and there are calls for Transblack leader Rachel Dolezal to step down.
The leader of the NAACP in Spokane is facing calls to step aside after her parents said the 37-year-old activist falsely portrayed herself as black for years.
Rachel Dolezal canceled a chapter meeting Monday where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity. But other members of the organization said they still planned to gather Monday evening.
Dolezal sent out an email Sunday canceling the monthly membership meeting “due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders.”
Shortly after her announcement, the head of the chapter’s executive committee, Lawrence Burnley, questioned whether Dolezal had the right to arbitrarily cancel the meeting, KREM-TV in Spokane reported, quoting an email thread mailed to NAACP members.
“I don’t see any language in the bylaws that empowers you, or any one member, to arbitrarily cancel/postpone tomorrow’s meeting,” Burnley wrote in his email Sunday.
Some are planning a demonstration Monday night calling for Dolezal to step down.
Kitara Johnson, a member of the chapter, organized an online petition calling for Dolezal to take a leave of absence.
“It’s not about race, it’s about integrity,” she said. “If you’re a leader, you have to have integrity. She clearly lacks integrity. The other piece is credibility.”
Johnson said she and others plan to peacefully protest outside Monday’s membership meeting, but they will not attend the meeting.
I’m going to tell you Blacks once more and I want you to listen: your entire position in society is based on the theory that race does not exist, that it is constructed by societal norms. If this is true, then it means that Rachel Dolezal is just as Black as you are because she is Black in her mind.
If it isn’t true, then you are all going to have a lot of explaining to do, at the end of which process of explaining, you are all going to get deported to Africa.
So think long and hard about this one.