Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Colin Mulvany AP
Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Colin Mulvany AP
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

Associate editor and editorial writer

Rachel Dolezal case shows identity isn’t as simple as it seems

June 15, 2015 04:47 PM

UPDATED June 16, 2015 09:28 AM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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