( 4UMF NEWS ) Rachel Dolezal Postpones NAACP Meeting:
The embroiled leader of a Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter will be a no-show for her own meeting.
Rachel Dolezal promised Friday to address the accusations that she lied and misrepresented her race to fellow members of the civil rights group, but issued an email Sunday that the meeting would be postponed indefinitely.
“Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow’s meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later day,” Dolezal wrote on the chapter’s Facebook page. “We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.”
The group’s executive chairman fired back with allegations of his own that Dolezal lacks the authority to push back what could be a fateful meeting Monday evening attracting protests.
Dolezal has led the local chapter for only the past six months. She started shortly after joining the city’s Office of the Police Ombudsman as a commissioner.
“I’m puzzled by your decision to arbitrarily cancel/postpone the meeting without input from the executive committee which is scheduled to meet today,” Lawrence Burnley replied in another email shared by the Spokesman-Review.
He supports his claim by citing the organization’s by-laws.
Dolezal, who is accused of being a white woman presenting herself as a black, initially said that the national and regional leaders of the NAACP recommended she speak out at Monday’s monthly meeting.
In a private Facebook post, Dolezal said she had “a heart-to-heart” with the chapter’s executive committee and would be addressing the allegations with friends and local members soon.
A petition was created with at least 250 signatures from Spokane and Spokane Valley, Wash. residents who want Dolezal to take a leave of absence while NAACP completes an internal investigation.
“We do not feel that she is in a position to properly reflect the values of our communities,” Kitara McClure, another member of NAACP, wrote. “The questions surrounding her integrity may discredit the work that has been previously done to better the movement of social justice and equality.”