Dolezal: ‘I Identify As Black’
Rachel Dolezal spoke with Matt Lauer on “Today” and said she’d make the same choices given another chance.
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 said. “I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment.”
Dolezal defended her identification as an African American against comparisons to putting on blackface, as some in her family have suggested, as well as many on social media.
“I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak “Birth of a Nation” mockery blackface performance,” she said. “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.”
…When asked about the changes in her physical appearance and whether she darkened her appearance, Dolezal responded: “I certainly don’t stay out of the sun.”