April 17, 2017
“When it comes to being Black – it’s not something that I faked,” says former Spokane NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal. “It’s just me being me.”
In 2015 the self-described civil rights leader was “outed” as White by her own parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal
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On Monday’s episode, Dr. Phil asks Dolezal whether she’d misrepresented herself. “Did you allow others to perceive you one way when you were another way?”
“I represent myself to be who I am,” she responds.
Dolezal recently authored the memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World in which she recounts her childhood and the 2015 controversy; and outlines her view that race is not biological, but rather – a political and social construct. Now 40, she tells Dr. Phil that she has identified as Black since the age of 4.