The hosts of The Real talk show grilled Rachel Dolezal — a white woman who made international headlines for portraying herself as Black — on how she currently see's her racial identity. It seems not much has changed since the media firestorm that first followed her story back in June.
During their conversation, co-host Tamar Braxton asked Dolezal how she would identify on an application. "The form in particular usually defines things," Dolezal said. "And you know I've been a professor of African history, Black studies," she said. Braxton eyed Dolezal with a facial expression that showed she was unsatisfied, while asking Dolezal the question again. Dolezal finally answered, "I check white AND black," says Dolezal, "because we all have human origins in the continent of Africa."
Loni Love also had a look of confusion and reiterated that many had an issue with Dolezal because she was not honest. "It was hurtful to a lot of Black women," said Love.
"There were some people who felt that you never identified yourself as white so when you went to Howard University, some people felt like they never knew you were Black, and so maybe the scholarship, you know when you got admitted to Howard that took an opportunity from a Black woman."
She did admit to her whiteness during the show. “Right, and that’s why I said, I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as Black."
In the meantime, Dolezal said she is currently focusing on her family.
Watch The Real Highlights: Rachel Dolezal Defends Her Identity in the video below, and the full interview at 2 a.m. ET, on BET.
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