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Rachel Dolezal finally admits she is white: ‘biologically born white to white parents’
Race faker Rachel Dolezal has finally admitted she was born white… but still maintains that she identifies as black.
The former NAACP leader made headlines in June and sparked a national debate about racial identity when she was accused of lying about her own.
Nearly five months later, Dolezal has conceded that she ‘was biologically born white to white parents’.
However, she also said that she checks both black and white racial identity boxes on forms and applications.
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Race faker Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president talking on The Real on Monday
The 37-year-old made her admission on daytime talk show The Real on Monday.
The show’s hosts, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, led a discussion on racial identity with Dolezal.
‘I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black,’ she said.
Later, she added: ‘I think that sometimes how we feel is more powerful than how we’re born – and blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological.’
And when first asked which race Dolezal would check on an application form, she hesitates.
‘The form in particular usually defines things,’ she said. ‘And you know I’ve been a professor of African history, black studies …’
After Braxton asked again, Dolezal, who appears to be showing a growing baby bump since announcing her pregnancy on Instagram in August, answers: ‘I check white AND black.
‘Because we all have human origins in the continent of Africa.’
She later added: ‘Sometimes how we feel is more powerful then how we are born. 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.’
But an investigation by Daily Mail Online revealed that Dolezal had no black relatives dating back as far as 1671.
Her deceptions came to light after her estranged father and mother, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal, told a local paper that their daughter was Caucasian.
They said that she began ‘disguising’ herself as black around 2007.
Dolezal did marry an African-American man in 2000, Kevin Moore, but she filed for divorce soon after in 2004.
She was also engaged to Maurice Turner in December 2012 but the two split shortly after.
Dolezal is currently pregnant, but not revealing the identity of the father of the child.
She has one known biological child, Franklin, and took in her adopted brother Izaiah, 21, and started raising him as her son.
After being outed as white, Dolezal was forced to resign from her position as chapter president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington.
The former instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University also did not have her contract with the school renewed following the controversy.
But the divorced civil rights activist repeatedly defended herself, insisting: ‘It’s not a costume.’
She said that it was the public’s definition of race that was to blame for the confusion.
In July, she told Vanity Fair: ‘I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me.
‘It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore.’
In July, it was also reported that she had resorted to doing weaves and braiding hair three times a week to make ends meet after losing her job.
But she said: ‘It’s taken my entire life to negotiate how to identify.’
‘You can’t just say in one sentence what is blackness or what is black culture or what makes you who you are.
‘I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody. I didn’t deceive anybody.
‘If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.’