Rachel Dolezal Speaks: 'I Self-Identified With the Black Experience at Age 5'
A former NAACP leader addressed the controversy surrounding her racial identity in an interview on NBC's "Today" show.
Rachel Dolezal was asked by Matt Lauer about why she has claimed for years to be African-American. Dolezal's parents revealed last week that Rachel, who was raised in Montana, is white and of European descent.
After the controversy made national headlines, Dolezal resigned Monday from her position as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP.
Dolezal said her "self-identification with the black experience" goes all the way back to when she was five years old.
"I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair," she said, claiming that she never meant to intentionally deceive people.
She said she was first identified as “transracial” in a news report while she was doing human rights work in Idaho. Then, a news article identified her as biracial, and the following report identified her as black, she claimed.
Dolezal said she decided not to correct the record about her racial background. Lauer asked why she did not correct it if she knew it was not true.
"It's more complex than being true or false," she answered.
Dolezal's brother, Ezra, joined "Fox and Friends" this morning, accusing Rachel of trying to make this a "bigger issue than it actually is."
“I don’t think there's anything complex about truth, what’s true and what is not true,” he said.
UPDATE: Rachel Dolezal's parents pushed back this morning on "America's Newsroom," accusing her of "fabrications."