Rachel Dolezal Says Racial Identity Is Complex
Rachel Dolezal spoke with Matt Lauer about her transracial self-identification. Directly after, her adopted brother contradicted her argument.By Lexie Hammesfahr | June 16, 2015
A day after stepping down as president of the Spokane, Washington's NAACP over questions about her racial identity, Rachel Dolezal sat down with "Today" host Matt Lauer.
Dolezal, who is Caucasian by birth, said that she has self-identified as black since she was 5 years old: "I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon. That was how I was portraying myself," she said. "I identify as black."
But while Dolezal told Lauer her identity is more complex than just identifying as a different race, her adopted brother, Ezra Dolezal, spoke with "Fox & Friends" the same day saying the exact opposite.