Controversial American civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal has finally said what everybody else has known for months – that she is NOT a black woman – at least not biologically.
In an episode of daytime talk show The Real, Dolezal sat down with the all-female panel, who immediately dove into the subject of her race.
It can be remembered that Dolezal sparked a huge racial debate earlier this year when her biological parents – both Caucasian – came out to the media and “outed” their daughter for not being black, an identity that Dolezal has adopted for a long time.
Prior to the admission, Dolezal had been deeply immersed in African-American society for almost a decade, attending Howard University — a historically black institution – on a scholarship to complete her graduate studies, marrying a black man, and even teaching African American studies and art at Eastern Washington University.
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However, the icing on the cake was being president of her local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal held this position from 2014 until her resignation in June of 2015.
In the show, panelist Loni Love asked Dolezal if she was “ashamed” of being white, to which she answered, “Well, like Dick Gregory says, white isn’t a race, it’s a state of mind,” referencing the political satirist and social critic.
“I acknowledge I was born biologically white, to white parents,” Dolezal admits, garnering applause from the predominantly black audience.
However, Dolezal was quick to defend her “deception” by saying, “Sometimes how we feel is more powerful than how we’re born.” She adds, “Blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological, you know, it’s a lot of different things to a lot of different people.”
Besides her race, Dolezal also revealed that is currently with child, although she did not mention the identity of the father. Love cleverly quipped, “So I guess the baby black, huh?”to which the co-hosts and audience members chuckled.