Rachel Dolezal spoke out about her she perceives her racial identity and opened up about Caitlyn Jenner’s story, saying it resonated with her. The former Spokane NAACP President also revealed more details of her personal life, and denied some of the allegations against her. She also opened up about dating.
The 37-year-old activist and college professor broke her silence and said “I identify as black” in a live interview with Matt Lauer. Her elaborate explanations of her perceived racial identity have provoked more scorn than sympathy in social media and the media and the airwaves continue to be saturated with endless commentary and discussion over the story and the deeper underlying issues it raises about race and identity in America.
As the controversy and uproar over her now numerous interviews has ensued some have drawn comparison to Caitlyn Jenner, fairly or unfairly, it’s hotly debated. Transgender and “transracial” are not the same thing some claim.
But what does Rachel Dolezal herself think of the comparison? Well, now we know as she has told us in her interview with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie.
Dolezal opened up about she read Caitlyn Jenner’s story in Vanity Fair magazine. She said, “I cried. Because I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood — to not know if you have a conversation with somebody, will that relationship then end because they have seen you as one way.”
In the interview, she continued to reiterate her previous statements about her racial identity. She said, “I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am.” She went on to say, “I’m more black than I am white. That’s the accurate answer from my truth.”
Rachel Dolezal also opened up about her dating life and in so revealed her sexual orientation.
She said, “I’m bisexual. And so, you know, I’ve dated men and women.” She continued, saying, “And I will intentionally ask, like, ‘so do you just date light-skinned women? What’s your spectrum?”
Dolezal, when confronted over allegations of lying about details of her background so as to perpetuate her chosen racial identity would only say, “”I really feel like there have been moments of some level of creative nonfiction. I have kind of had to explain or justify some of the timeline and logistics of my life in a way that made sense to others.”
She admitted that she had not lived in South Africa as claimed, saying, “That is definitely a misrepresentation that I will own. Yes, I have never been to South Africa.”
As for her claims of having been whipped with “baboon whips” by her parents she said, “And yeah, I wasn’t whipped. But I was physically abused.”
It’s not likely the last we have heard from Rachel Dolezal who has given four television interviews thus far all of which have raised more questions than provided answers and escalated the media firestorm. But for now, this is what we know from the series of interviews.
Watch the full video of Rachel Dolezal talking about Caitlyn Jenner and more below.