Ex-NAACP president Rachel Dolezal is trying to explain why she disguised herself as a black woman starting in 2004. The civil rights activist was outed by her parents about five months ago, but now she is claiming she really is a black woman despite being “biological born white.” In response to criticism, Dolezal claims that being transracial is simply a “state of mind.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Rachel Dolezal’s parents dropped the bombshell earlier in 2015 that the NAACP president had been deceiving people in Spokane, Washington, for years. In response to the allegations, a reporter directly asked Dolezal if she considered herself African American.
“I actually don’t like the term African-American. I prefer black. And I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black,” she responded, adding that she would ignore anyone who claimed Dolezal was not black. “Whatever they say really I wish could say doesn’t affect me at all. Unfortunately people might listen to them. Or give them a platform that they don’t deserve. But I don’t have anything to say to them.”
Rachel’s adopted brother, who Dolezal had been passing off as her son, confirmed the allegations and called his sister’s appearance “blackface.” At the time, Rachel’s mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, said she was saddened by her daughter’s actions.
“It’s very sad that Rachel has not just been herself. Her effectiveness in the causes of the African-American community would have been so much more viable, and she would have been more effective if she had just been honest with everybody.”
Within a month, the Spokane NAACP leader resigned from her position. Colleagues of the former NAACP president were surprised that Rachel Dolezal lied about her background, claiming that her mother was white and her father black. She even once claimed “white discrimination” in a lawsuit against the historically black Howard University before she became an NAACP president. The resulting political furor even had Sarah Palin chiming in on the controversy, although Rihanna and Whoopi Goldberg defended Dolezal.
The situation became even more confused when people began comparing Rachel Dolezal to Caitlyn Jenner. They declared that if Jenner can be transgender, why can’t Dolezal be transracial? When Dolezal was asked about the Bruce Jenner story, she even said she identified with Jenner.
“Just yesterday I finally had a chance to read Caitlyn Jenner’s piece in the magazine and I cried. I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood,” she said.
But when Dolezal’s mother was asked of her feelings about the transracial concept, she replied, “I don’t see any honest way that a person can describe themselves as transracial.”
This bitter family feud may have partially ended this week based upon a Fox show. Rachel Dolezal’s The Real appearance had her facing off with five black co-hosts, who were not exactly impressed with Dolezal’s claim to blackness. But Dolezal did finally admit the truth, saying that she was “biologically born white, to white parents.” At the same time, she definitely still considers herself a black woman.
“Sometimes how we feel is more powerful then how we are born,” Dolezal explained. “Blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological, a lot of different things for a lot of different people. I do think you have to walk the walk if that’s how you are.”
The Real host Loni Love did not accept this transracial explanation, although Dolezal believes she did not deceive anyone and that “we all have the right to be exactly who we are.”
“Let me tell you something: I’m black,” Love said. “I can’t be you. I can’t reverse myself. Let’s check you, Rachel. If the police stopped me, you could throw that off and show that nice fine hair up under, and you might get away. I may not. I may not even make in the jail.”
As for Rachel Dolezal’s parents, her mother said she was glad to hear Rachel admit the truth.
“I didn’t see it, but it’s good to hear that she’s finally telling the truth,” she said, according to the NY Daily News.
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