Rachel Dolezal, the white US academic and civil rights activist who made headlines around the world for misrepresenting herself as black, has admitted on US TV that she was “biologically born white to white parents.”
Speaking to hosts of The Real, Miss Dolezal said she had seen herself as black from a very early age and still self-identified as black.
“I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black,” she said
She said that in 1998 people started to identify her as “biracial” and that police would mark her race as “black” on her driving tickets. By 2006 she identified fully as a black person, she said.
“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.”
Miss Dolezal’s estranged parents outed her as white in June when they made a public statement saying that their daughter was not African-American and had only European heritage.
In the ensuing furore over her racial identity, Miss Dolezal lost her job at an African-American university and as president of the Spokane National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.