Rachel Dolezal Breaks Her Silence: 'I Identify As Black'
Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed herself off as black is breaking her silence.
Rachel appeared on the Today show following her resignation as president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP.
Matt Lauer asked her, “Are you African-American?”
She replied, "I identify as black."
Lauer then asked when she began to identify herself as black. She said, "I would say when I was five years old."
Lauer interjected and asked, "You began to identify yourself as African-American?"
"I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon with black curly hair. That was how I was portraying myself."
Rachel was then asked, “You changed your appearance. Your complexion appears darker in the photos of you as a young lady. Have you done something to darken your complexion?"
“I certainly don't stay out of the sun,” she answered.
She was also asked about why she once claimed that a black man was her biological father instead of her real father, Larry.
Lauer asked, "Why point out an African-American man and say 'That's my father,' when you know that your father is a Caucasian man?"
"Every man can be a father not every man can be a dad," she replied.
Her biological father had this to say to INSIDE EDITION about the switch, "That hurts deeply. How would you feel if your daughter did that to you?"
She told Lauer, “I really don't see why they are in such a rush to whitewash some of the work I have done and who I am and how I have identified."
The late night comics are mining the controversy for laughs.
Jimmy Fallon joked, “It's very upsetting especially to her white friends who thought they had at least one black friend.”
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