One of my Facebook friends said she is going to report this publisher of the Spokane African American Voice webpage 4comculture.com to the police for harassment. I’ve never had an interaction with this person other than Facebook posts and comments that she’s made. Recently she’s been circulating petitions, organizing demonstrations, sits on panels, calls press conferences, speaks for the community and has been introduced as a community activist while commenting on the recent president of the Spokane NAACP. So don’t you think we can comment on her public appearances, her public comments and photograph her at her public demonstrations? I do.
Please accept this personal invitation to be part of the NAACP General Meeting on June 29, 2015, 7 pm at Holy Temple COGIC 806 W. Indiana Ave, Pastor Ezra D. Kinlow, host.
This conversation will be facilitated by the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs Sandy Williams. We will set aside the business of the day as we endeavor to move toward healing, rebuilding trust and revitalizing relationships. Your presence will be an important part of helping us move forward. I hope to see you there.
— from the president of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP
Rachel Dolezal Did Not Lose, We Did
The resignation of Rachel Dolezal as President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP is a loss for the Spokane community, for the Black community, for the social justice community, for the NAACP. See resignation letter
Now who won?
Don’t say no one! That’s EXPLETIVE DELETED! The same folks who always been winning! I’ve seen it happen for the 40 years that I’ve lived in Spokane – always with a scandal.
As for the current scandal, I could care less what Rachel’s ethnicity is. She has been a strong advocate for civil rights, social justice and issues of gender. She is a superb artist. I support her in her advocacy and speaking out on issues. The Spokane Black community has not had a representative voice since Eileen Thomas was president of the NAACP in 1998. Rachel did not seek the presidency of the Spokane NAACP but was recruited to run for the office.
Many people are talking about honesty and integrity. Let’s have the IRS look over their tax returns. Let’s have access to their emails and telephone conversations. Let’s check out their pedigrees. And where have all the investigative journalists been on important issues?
Spokane African Americans love their symbolism: hearing the “I Have a Dream” speech, wrapping up in kente cloth, wearing their dred locks and Easter bonnets. But on substantive matters Black leadership has been absent without leave in the Spokane community for many years. None of the university and city multicultural specialists and advocates have spoken out on the issues with the fervor of Rachel Dolezal. None of the African American History teachers and historians have spoken out on contemporary Black issues in Spokane.
We left a vacuum and Rachel Dolezal and the young college students that she inspired stepped in to fill it with the support of a few progressive community activists and Unitarians.
I plead with those with a sincere interest in the issues that Rachel has championed to keep on fighting. I would suggest that the NAACP Monday night meeting be the largest in the history of the Spokane chapter and that we support Rachel. I solicit the support of MORE white people to walk in our shoes. I welcome MORE white people to share the oppression of Black America.
Two important perspectives on the issue of Black identity:
On December 23 the Spokane chapter of the NAACP held a strategy meeting where the president-elect Rachel Dolezal presented a PowerPoint of her suggested organizational structure and suggested officers for the new year. It was obvious looking at the room that there is new interest in the organization. See links to older 4comculture posts and pages regarding NAACP activity and compare them to posts of activity since Ferguson. I think this is the beginning of a new movement with a much younger and energetic group. Only time will tell. I would encourage those under 40 to join the civic engagement and that we older folks stay home and send a check to support the youth.
Historical Note: When Dr. King joined the Montgomery Bus Boycott he was 26 years old. When he died he was 39 years old. Below are photographs of the SCLC field staff who were all in their late teens and early 20’s.