Rachel Dolezal has finally admitted that she’s white.
The disgraced former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP acknowledged her racial background during an intense interview on Fox’s “The Real” on Monday.
“I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black,” Dolezal said at the conclusion of an intense round of questioning from the show’s all-minority, all-female panel.
The 37-year-old civil rights activist made national headlines in June when it was revealed that she had falsely claimed to be black for years. Dolezal’s white parents, who live in Montana, told reporters at that time that she had falsely claimed a black man as her father and that her brother — who was adopted from Africa — was her son.
The scandal led to Dolezal’s ouster from the NAACP. Her contract to teach Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University was also not renewed.
Until Monday, Dolezal had skirted all questions about her racial background, instead claiming that since she identifies as black that she is black. But the hosts of The Real called her bluff.
One of the hosts pushed back on Dolezal’s evasion asserting that one issue with her falsely claiming to be black is that she ignores that “there are opportunities that I might not get that you can have only because of the color of my skin.”
When asked if she has ever experienced something like that, Dolezal said, “well, the police mark black on my traffic tickets.”
“Why not say you’re white, but you identify as black but you don’t seem to answer the question straight on?” Dolezal was asked by another co-host.
When Dolezal finally caved and admitted that she has white parents, the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Despite that breakthrough, Dolezal was not made to respond to other unfounded claims she has made. For example, she has filed numerous police reports over the years claiming to be the victim of anti-black hate crimes. Police have never found evidence to support her claims.
Dolezal also made unfounded allegations that her biological brother, Joshua Dolezal, molested their adopted sister. Dolezal, a professor in Iowa, denied the charges, which were dropped this summer.