Rachel Dolezal’s Resignation Statement Won’t Please Anyone

This story is not going away.

In case you missed it (you didn’t), Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal inspired more clicks and tweets than a certain gold and white dress last week for (apparently) posing as an African American woman for years.

The story went wild over the weekend, and earlier today Dolezal chose to forego a previously scheduled press conference in order to make a statement on Facebook. In this way she could resign and address the media without appearing in public.

The statement, however, will not please her critics.

In the post, which appeared on the Spokane NAACP’s page, Dolezal completely avoids anything resembling an apology or even a direct statement on the controversy caused by her own actions. Around the same time her parents took their story public, she did tell a local TV station that “she does not consider her biological parents her real parents” and that she doesn’t speak to them because of “a lawsuit that’s been going on for almost a year.”

In her words:

“It is a true honor to serve in the racial and social justice movement here in Spokane and across the nation…And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.

I have waited in deference while others expressed their feelings, beliefs, confusions and even conclusions – absent the full story.”

She doesn’t even attempt to clarify what she means by “the full story” in this case. Her tone, however, implies that she does have an explanation but feels she cannot go public with it at this time:

“In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP.

This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”

The story will almost certainly grow more complicated; New York’s Daily News reported last night that Dolezal is in some way “supporting” an unnamed victim who has accused her biological brother of molestation and that her parents’ decision to go public with her status was somehow related to that case.

At any rate, today’s statement completely avoiding the story at hand only ensures that the public will continue to fixate on the details of the case.

Case in point: one Twitter user went so far as to undercover evidence of plagiarism in Dolezal’s original artwork.

Someone needed to announce her resignation today, but an official statement from the organization itself may have been more effective.