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Rachel Dolezal: ‘I Identify As Black’

The former NAACP chapter president accused of pretending to be Black said that she identifies as Black.

Rachel Dolezal resigned after her white parents came forward and revealed her true racial background.

But during the exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show, the 37-year-old former Spokane NAACP leader disputed her parents’ claims.

Dolezal said that an establishment of her Black identity started at the age of five.

“I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair,” she told Lauer.

But Dolezal insisted that she didn’t deceive anyone.

“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.

Check out the clip below.

Dolezal also said that when she was doing human rights work in North Idaho, she “was identified as first transracial and then when some of the opposition to the human rights work that I was doing came forward, the next newspaper article identified me as being a biracial woman, and then the next article when there were burglaries, nooses, etc. I was a Black woman and I never corrected that…because it’s more complex than being true or false in that particular instance.”

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