Rachel Dolezal: Yes, I Consider Myself Black

Rachel Dolezal: Yes, I Consider Myself Black

White NAACP leader speaks out.

Published June 14, 2015

With all the controversy surrounding her race, Rachel Dolezal, has stepped forward to reaffirm that she does in fact consider herself a Black. The white NAACP leader, whose race was exposed by her parents, said in an interview with CBS News affiliate KREM 2, that she could “give two sh*ts” what her critics think about her true identity.

Dolezal has been lying about her race for close to a decade, and leads the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash. When asked if she believes herself to be “African-American,” she immediately shunned the word. 

“I don’t like the term ‘African-American,’ I prefer ‘Black,’” she told a KREM 2 news reporter , Friday.”If I was asked, I would definitely say ‘yes, I do consider myself Black.”

For those confused, Dolezal pointed to a W.E.B. DuBois theory on race being more “cultural” than“biological,” but didn’t explain why she kept her ethnicity a secret. 

The NAACP, which was co-founded by a white suffragette and journalist, Mary White Ovington, has said that it stands behind Dolezal’s work, regardless of her race.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

Written by Latifah Muhammad

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