Rachel Dolezal’s Big Admission On ‘The Real’ Changes Nothing

Rachel Dolezal tried to pass a black for years. Hear what she has to say for herself after a national controversy.

After months of lies and denial, Rachel Dolezal, the now-former president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who posed as African-American for years, has come clean about her identity.

But her "big’" admission is as confusing and weird as her previous statements.

In an appearance on The Real, a panel show featuring five women of color as hosts, Dolezal finally admitted she was “biologically born white.”

"I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black," she said, drawing applause from the show’s audience. 

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Dolezal explained how around 1998 people started identifying her as biracial and how police officers would mark her as African-American on traffic tickets. While she didn’t explain how exactly all of this led her to live a lie for years, she said she has “self-identified as black” since 2006.

“Sometimes how we feel is more powerful than how we're born," she said. "Blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological, you know, it's a lot of different things to a lot of different people."

This was apparently the first time Dolezal publicly admitted she is, in fact, a white woman. However, critics who accuse her of cultural appropriation are likely still not pleased, especially after her awkward response when Tamar Braxton asked her what identity she checks while filling out forms.

“The form in particular usually defines things,” she said, before adding: “I check white and black, because we all have human origins in the continent of Africa.”

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You can watch Dolezal’s interview in the video above.

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