Ousted Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal reemerged to do an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, where she went into greater detail about her perceived “blackness,” despite being born, uh, not black.
“It’s not a costume,” Dolezal told the magazine. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me. It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore.”
Dolezal denied that she lied or misled anyone. “If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”
“It’s hard to collapse it all into just a single statement about what is,” she concludes. “You can’t just say in one sentence what is blackness or what is black culture or what makes you who you are.”
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