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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has voted to end its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina a day after the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the state house.

The civil rights group had boycotted tourism and other services in protest at the flying of the Confederate flag.

The controversial flag was removed after a debate sparked by the shooting of nine black people.

The suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, had been pictured holding the Confederate banner.

The flag was the battle emblem of the southern states during the American Civil War but is now seen by many as a symbol of slavery and racism.

Members of the NAACP agreed the move at their annual convention in Philadelphia.South Carolina Confederate flag

“Emergency resolution passed by the NAACP National Board of Directors at #NAACP106, ending the 15 year South Carolina boycott,” the group said on its Twitter feed.

The Confederate flag was originally placed on top of the South Carolina state house in Columbia in 1961 as part of Civil War centennial commemorations.

However, critics said it was more of a sign of opposition to the black civil rights movement at the time.

The NAACP announced its boycott in 2000 and maintained it even though the Confederate flag was later taken down from the capitol’s dome and placed by a civil war monument in the grounds.

The future of the flag was thrust back into the limelight after nine black people were shot dead in a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 this year.

After a long and fractious debate, a bill calling for the flag to be taken down was signed on July 9 by Republican Governor Nikki Haley.

Relatives of some of the victims attended July 10 ceremony to remove the flag from outside the state house.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the event, some chanting “take it down” while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

The Confederate flag’s supporters argue that it is an important part of southern heritage.


Civil rights advocate Rachel Dolezal says she identifies herself as black, despite claims that she is actually white.

On June 15, the race activist resigned from the anti-racism organization NAACP, after her parents said she was pretending to be black.

Speaking to NBC, Rachel Dolezal said that from the age of five she “was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon”.

Rachel Dolezal added that she “takes exception” to suggestions she had deceived people.

“This is not some freak-show, Birth of a Nation blackface performance,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer.

“This is on a real connected level how I’ve had to go there with the experience.”

Rachel Dolezal’s estranged parents say her origins are mostly white, with a small amount of Native American ancestry. They say that she has no black origins.

They have produced childhood pictures of her daughter with pale skin, freckles and fair hair.

According to new reports, in 2002, Rachel Dolezal sued the historically black Howard University for discriminating against her for being white.

She subsequently claimed to be the victim of hate crimes for being black.

Rachel Dolezal, then known as Rachel Moore, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University 13 years ago.

Court documents, obtained by the Smoking Gun website, show that Rachel Dolezal sued Howard University for “discrimination based on race, pregnancy, family responsibilities and gender”.

As part of her claim, Rachel Dolezal alleged that some of her artwork had been removed from an exhibition in order to favor black students.

She said the art was removed from the 2001 exhibition because Howard University was “motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over”.

The case was dismissed in 2004 with no evidence found that Rachel Dolezal had been discriminated against. That decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in 2005.

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Rachel Dolezal was ordered to pay costs of $2,728.50 to Howard University.

It is estimated that 93% of Howard University students are black, while only 1% are white.

On June 15, Rachel Dolezal announced her resignation as president of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Spokane Chapter in Washington in the wake of the race row.

An online petition calling for her to step down received hundreds of signatures. Rachel Dolezal had already lost her job as a lecturer in African-American studies at a local university.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Rachel Dolezal said she was a mix of white, black and American Indian on her application to serve on Spokane’s citizen police ombudsman commission in January.

Spokane’s ethics committee said it was investigating the allegations, in addition to a separate investigation related to Rachel Dolezal on a different matter.


President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Leon Jenkins resigned Thursday amid the backlash over its since-rescinded plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“The legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency,” Leon Jenkins said in a brief statement late Thursday.

Leon Jenkins' resignation comes as a committee of NBC owners met to figure out a way to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers

Leon Jenkins’ resignation comes as a committee of NBC owners met to figure out a way to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers

Leon Jenkins said he made his decision to “separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP”.

He and his chapter of the national civil rights organization have been under fierce scrutiny since it emerged that it was to have given its highest honor to Donald Sterling, whom the National Basketball Association (NBA) banned for life after he was taped making racially offensive comments.

The NAACP canceled the honor Monday.

Leon Jenkins’ resignation comes as a committee of NBC owners met Thursday to figure out a way to force Donald Sterling to sell the Clippers.

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