Rachel Dolezal “Today” Show Video 2017: “I Identify As Black,” Not African-American

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Rachel Dolezal Today Show Video 2017

By Shari Weiss

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Rachel Dolezal Today Show Video 2017

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Rachel Dolezal appeared on Monday’s “Today” show, nearly two years after it was revealed she was falsely passing herself off as black. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported at the time, Dolezal stepped down as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter after it was revealed she was actually white, and had been lying about her racial identity. Months after the controversy erupted, Dolezal confirmed she was born white. She then faced a new backlash nearly a year ago when Dolezal revealed she was writing a book about racial identity.

Well, that book, called In Full Color: Finding My Place In A Black And White World, will be released on Tuesday. Speaking live with Savannah Guthrie one day before the publication date, Dolezal said the “need to tell the whole truth” about her experience was “forced upon” her. With a new legal name, she said she is “100 percent committed” to returning to activism in the black community.

Dolezal explained she wants to be “seen for my qualifications and experience rather than just seen for the tabloid publicity that I got in 2015.” But her controversial beliefs haven’t changed. She said on the morning show, “I really want to advance the conversation about race and identity, and I really hope readers are encouraged to be exactly who they are.”

Guthrie pointed out that many still see a “disconnect” with her, prompting Dolezal to say, “I don’t identify as African-American. I identify as black. I am part of the pan-African diaspora. I definitely feel in America, even though race is a social construct and we’ve acknowledged this in academia and the sciences, there’s still a line draw in the sand. There’s still our sides.”

“Politically,” she continued, “there’s a black side and a white side, and I stand unapologetically on the black side.” When Guthrie argued that she can show solidarity without saying she’s black, Dolezal responded, “I really prefer to be just exactly who I am, and black is really the closest race and culture category, descriptive term, that represents the essential essence of who I am.” Watch below.

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