Rachel Dolezal who faced national criticism for misrepresenting herself as a ‘black’ person, still strongly maintains that she is indeed who she has always believed to have been; an African-American woman.
Speaking over a month after her parents revealed Rachel Dolezal was born white, the civil rights activist and artist declared that she still identifies herself as black. She shared publicly during an interview with Vanity Fair that the technicality of her race has left her in turmoil as she watched her world crumble around her. Speaking about what she had to face, Dolezal said,
“I’ve got to figure it out before August 1, because my last paycheck was like $1,800 in June. [I lost] friends and the jobs and the work and – oh, my God – so much at the same time.”
After the devastating revelation by her parents that Rachel Dolezal was not of African American descent, she lost her position as the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP as well as a part-time teaching job at Eastern Washington University. Though she resigned from the presidency post, Dolezal maintained a calm composure as she fielded worldwide accusations of being a “blackface” while being interviewed on NBC Today.