Rachel Dolezal, Ex-N.A.A.C.P. Official, Breaks Her Silence on ‘Today’ Show

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Rachel A. Dolezal stepped down as boss of a N.A.A.C.P. section in Spokane, Wash., on Monday.

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In her initial talk given being indicted of misrepresenting her secular credentials and stepping down as an N.A.A.C.P. official, Rachel A. Dolezal did not behind down on Tuesday, saying “I brand as black,” nonetheless she comes from a white family.

When Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” uncover asked, “When did we start deceiving people,” Ms. Dolezal did not concur that she had finished so.

“I do take difference to that, since it’s a small some-more formidable than me identifying as black, or responding a doubt of, ‘Are we black or white?’” she said.

She pronounced her marker with black people went behind as distant as when she was 5 years old. “I was sketch self-portraits with a brownish-red crayon instead of a pink crayon, and a black curly hair,” she said.

But when shown a design of her as a teen with satisfactory skin and straight, blond hair, she conceded that during that time, she did not brand as black.

The anger around Ms. Dolezal, 37, began final week when her relatives told reporters that she has no black ancestry, usually white with a snippet of Native American.

On Monday, she stepped down as boss of a N.A.A.C.P. section in Spokane, Wash.