April 17, 2017
Rachel Dolezal claims she “suppressed and repressed” her racial identity during her time as a student at Howard University. Dolezal says that when she was 26, was married and pregnant – and still outwardly identifying as Caucasian – says she sued the predominantly African American school when her scholarship was taken away.
Dolezal concedes that one of the charges made against Howard was that she was discriminated against because she was White.
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In 2015, many in the national media dubbed Dolezal as a “race-faker” after it was alleged that the (then) President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP was claiming to be of bi-racial African-American heritage, a claim she denies.
Her parents produced childhood photos, and a birth certificate, they said to show that their daughter was of German, Czech, and (mostly) European descent.
“But do you understand why many black people are upset with your position? Because you can switch if you choose to and that’s just privilege that blacks feel like they don’t have,” says Dr. Phil in his interview with Dolezal airing Monday.
“Well, I haven’t always openly lived self-identified as black. But once I actually came out as this is who I am and owned it I haven’t gone back,” she responds.
Why does Dolezal say she has a hard time taking responsibility for the scandal that exposed her as a “race faker?” Tune in to Monday’s Dr. Phil.
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Rachel Dolezal’s memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World is available now, wherever books are sold.
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