Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence About Race: ‘I Identify as Black’ (VIDEO)

Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist accused of lying about her race who just resigned from her NAACP chapter, broke her silence about her ethnicity on the “Today” show.

When asked by Matt Lauer on Tuesday whether she is African-American — a question she has previously dodged — Dolezal said, “I identify as black.”

“I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and black curly hair,” she said, which started as early as 5 years old.

Dolezal took offense when Lauer suggested that she may have deceived people by identifying as black.

“I do take exception to that because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, are you black or white?” she said.

Asked if she’s done anything to darken her complexion, she said, “I certainly don’t stay out of the sun.” Dolezal also tackled social-media comments that she was putting on blackface.

“I have a huge issue with blackface,” she said. “This is not some freak ‘Birth of a Nation’ mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real, connected level. How I’ve had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation, but with the experience.”

Dolezal came under fire last week after her estranged parents revealed that she was a Caucasian woman by birth who was pretending to be African-American. She stepped down from the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., where she served as president, on Monday.

“As much as this discussion has somewhat been at my expense recently, and in a very sort of viciously inhumane way come out of the woodwork, the discussion is really about what it is to be human,” she told Lauer. “I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment.”

Dolezal will also give interviews to NBC News and MSNBC, sitting down with Savannah Guthrie on “NBC Nightly News” and Melissa Harris-Perry for MSNBC and NBCBLK, NBCNews.com’s African-American vertical.

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  1. avenger07 says:

    This is what I call, lack of self identity, and has nothing to do with race, she clearly has issues, mental issues.

  2. Normandy says:

    You cant “identify” as black when youre a white blonde haired woman, you stupid biitch!!

  3. David S. says:

    “Dressing up” like another race, not wanting to be who you really are, usually stems from early trauma that causes one to dissociate from themselves. Aside from that, this is yet another distraction from the real issues the world faces.

  4. Radiant Soul says:

    Overall this sparks a brilliant discussion about race, ethnicity, culture, gender and politics. It denotes the complexities that mixed race people deal with regularly. The questioning, probing and inquistiveness about what race one is. This is exposure on a grand scale but multi-ethnic people straddle the fence on a daily existence. There are countless stories of light-skinned “black” people who ‘passed’ as white back in the day, for survival purposes whose stories are yet to be told. Good or bad, Ms.Dolezal has opened the floodgates of debate on this topic on a global scale.

    • avenger07 says:

      Not true, because she is not “mixed” race, the lady’s problem is clearly one that has to do with not being mentally sane.

  5. bec2224 says:

    I don’t have a problem with her identifying as black, that’s not what ticks me off. What ticks me off is she openly taught classes and held lectures speaking to young black people on what it’s like to be a black woman in society. Any person can teach classes about black history, but a white person cannot teach young black people what it is like growing up black when she has no clue. It’s one thing to feel emotions when seeing discrimination, but it’s totally and I mean totally different being the person discriminated against.

    Plus she has a history of calling police with hate crimes but police can’t find evidence of others doing the crime but evidence has and does point to her doing.

  6. CL says:

    This woman lied about her born identity on a job application! That’s WRONG! No matter what you identify with…she is NOT BLACK but she was using it to get something. WRONG! She did the only right thing to resign.

  7. Jane L. says:

    She actually sounds like an intelligent and accomplished woman, and she has an excellent reputation in the NAACP for the work she’s done for their chapter. It’s sad that people care more about her skin color than the work she’s done for the community and advancing civil rights. And so what if she incorporates black fashion into her appearance? Half the white kids in my local High School do it all the time. No one’s going up to them and asking them if they’re actually black.

    • robRmh says:

      Educated does not give license to using the Law to sue institutions; she is grossly indecent and laughs about it; a shocking fraud with no honor.

  8. Brown Noise says:

    Somebody has watched Soul Man one too many times.

  9. George Clowney says:

    Does this mean she’s transracist?

  10. Sith McGarbage says:

    If she got her breasts removed, had hours of reconstructive facial surgery and made plans to attach a penis, and changed her name to Bruce, she’d be hailed as a courageous hero and given awards.

    lol this country is chock full of hypocrites.

    • Normandy says:

      wow, you just went full retard

      • Crispin says:

        Wow Normandy what an intelligent response. I suppose you know full retard because thats how you self identify. The point is valid: If someone self-identifies as something they are not born as should they be treated as such a person? Should they also be able to obtain the benefits that may be provided to such groups? I have no issue with Bruce Jenner as long as I have to pay for it but regardless of what surgery he has he is biologically a man, how we treat him is the discussion. This female appears to be lying about her history where Bruce does not though.

  11. Bob says:

    Let’s just call it like it is. She is a nutcase, and network chat shows love -love -love nutcases.

  12. Goodbyenoway says:

    In other words, Lauer didn’t ask her any tough questions. Surprise. It is easy. You can’t change your ethnicity. She’s Caucasian, not Black. Except when she doesn’t want to be. The woman is pathological. He should have grilled her.

  13. Michael says:

    She is a fraud and a loon.

  14. So now blackface performing is completely ok, as long as you never take it off. We want to please the new crowd so badly we’re crapping on all the others.

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