This just keeps getting stranger each day. You can’t make this stuff up.
Rachel Dolezal today slammed suggestions that she is taking part in ‘some mockery blackface performance’ as she appeared in her first live TV interview since she was outed as white.
The beleaguered civil rights activist appeared on the Today show just a day after she resigned as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter amid the controversy over her racial identity.
In the unapologetic interview, Dolezal said she would do nothing differently if her younger self knew what she knows now, claiming that her life has been about making choices for her ‘survival’.
When asked by Today host Matt Lauer if presenting herself as a black woman for years was akin to wearing blackface, she insisted that was not the case.
‘I have a huge issue with blackface,’ she said. ‘This is not some freak “Birth of a Nation” mockery blackface performance. This is on a very real, connected level. I’ve had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation.’
She added that she first started seeing herself as black when she was just five.
‘I was drawing self portraits with the brown crayon rather than the peach crayon, and black curly hair,’ she said. ‘That was how I was portraying myself.’
But when Lauer held up a photo of Dolezal as a teen – with blonde hair and a fair complexion – she conceded that she looked like a white person and that she was not identifying as black at the time.
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