Singer Rihanna failed to bring the former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal back into the spotlight in August, but the woman herself managed to do that during her appearance on the daytime talk show, The Real on Monday.
Despite getting profiled by major media outlets and print publications like Vanity Fair, Dolezal — who became a household name back in June when she was outed as a white woman posing as an African-American person — has never admitted to doing anything wrong. So when she sat down with the co-hosts of The Real on Monday, co-hosts Tamar Braxton and Loni Love decided to asking Dolezal about the matter sans pretense.
“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.”
“Right, and that’s why I said, I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as Black,” Dolezal responded.
Whether or not her admitting to being born white was enough, Braxton pushed the issue further and asked what ethnicity Dolezal lists herself as in official forms and documentation. Say, if she were to fill out a job application. Dolezal’s response?
“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.”
Dolezal did receive a standing ovation from the crowd for admitting her white heritage, as well as for her supposedly being honest while answering the co-hosts’ questions.
Check out the clip above, via TMZ.
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