Dolezal Topic of Local Debate

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF-TV) – Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington.

It followed the revelation that she’s not African American As she had led people to believe.

Local residents were told today the Georgia NAACP has issued a statement saying that being African American is not necessary in order to hold a leadership role.

But the downfall of Dolezal apparently is more tied to untruthfulness than performance.

The story, though, has opened up a dialogue over how Americans of various racial origins see themselves.

Dolezal has told supporters she sees herself as black.

A UTC professor says in our modern culture, people can legitimately see themselves in any role they choose.

UTC Professor of Anthropology Dr. Lyn Miles says, "Think of our president. He’s half white, half African, but he identifies as African American. She clearly has some family members adopted who are African American …identifying as African American ."

Dr. Miles also says, "There’s one human race ..so I think we really just need to get over this kind of controversy. "

The Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP did not respond to our request for comment.

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