As the controversy continues to spiral out of control over her racial identity, a meeting has been postponed for Rachel Dolezal, the embattled head of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP, to address the issue.
The chapter said Sunday that the meeting during which Dolezal, 37, was expected to speak had been delayed.
“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 date,” reads the statement posted on the group’s Facebook page.
The group on Saturday announced the meeting after Dolezal, 37, said in an email to chapter members that she would address the controversy Monday night during a monthly meeting, NBC station KHQ reported.
Controversy erupted last week after her parents said Dolezal, who is White, has been posing as a Black woman for years. The story went global Thursday night.
Reports surfaced this weekend that her parents outed her because she’s been helping a victim who had accused her older White biological brother of child molestation in Colorado, as NewsOne reported Sunday.
Amid a swirl of controversy on Friday, the NAACP stood by Dolezal, releasing a statement, saying the group has a “long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds.”
Meanwhile, a member of the NAACP chapter, Kitara Johnson, is calling for Dolezal to step down. She has set up an online petition through the website MoveOn.Org and has received more than 200 signatures as of Sunday night, according to KXLY News.
“We don’t care what race she is, but when you are leader, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve made a mistake but the fact that you will not respond to the people, that you won’t issue an apology,” Johnson said. “Come clean.”
Dolezal, an artist and professor in the Africana Education Department at Eastern Washington University, was not in attendance at the program’s graduation ceremony Friday night, at which she was scheduled to give the keynote address, NBC says.