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‘I consider myself to be black and I don’t give two sh*ts what you think’: Defiant NAACP leader is pictured for first time since her white parents said she is pretending to be black
- Rachel Dolezal, 37,was pictured outside her home Friday for the first time since scandal erupted over her misrepresentation of her race
- She also responded to her detractors in a new interview, saying; ‘What I’d say to them is “I don’t give two s***s what you guys think”‘
- She then added; ‘I do consider myself to be black’
- Her parents revealed Thursday she started ‘disguising herself’ as black in 2007 and no longer speaks to them because they will ‘ruin her image’
- She has been a civil rights activist in Idaho and Eastern Washington for years and also teaches Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University
- She is facing a city ethics investigation after identifying herself as black in an application to serve on a local police ombudsman commission
Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP leader who misrepresented herself as black for years, was pictured for the first time since the scandal surrounding her race erupted as she left her home on Friday.
She also gave an interview about the controversy, saying of her detractors; “I don’t give two shi*s what you guys think.” You are so far done, and out, of my life’
When pressed further about her race, she told KREM; ‘I actually don’t like the term African-American. I prefer black, and I would say that if I was asked I would definitely say that yes I do consider myself to be black.’
As for the outcry over her race, Dolezal said she ‘can understand’ why some people believe that she misrepresented herself.
She the reiterated earlier statements she had made in which she stressed her need to speak with her NAACP board and the black community about this situation before the public.
‘It’s more important for me to clarify that with the black community and with my executive board than it really is to explain it to a community that, quite frankly, don’t really understand the definitions of race and ethnicity,’ she explained.
She also urged her critics to ‘maybe think about W.E.B Du Bois that said race is usually biological, always cultural.’
As for her appearance Friday, she kept a low profile as she left her home, attired in shorts and a tee shirt as she carried a book to her car.
It was also revealed that despite the public outcry, she is still expected to lead the NAACP meeting next week as she always does, with the organization completely behind her at this time.