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Rachel Dolezal is still up to her old tricks—chiefly, identifying as black and saying little beyond that when questioned about virtually anything—per her appearance on today’s episode of The Real, the View-style roundtable talk show whose panel is made up entirely of women of color. God knows why Dolezal appeared on the show—her internet-breaking notoriety earlier this year now seems several lifetimes ago. Certainly, the women on the panel came ready to hand Dolezal her ass.
Tamar Braxton asked Dolezal if she felt that she had deceived anyone. “No, I don’t,” said Dolezal. “Don’t we all have the right to be exactly who we are?” Some would call it an obligation, even.
Loni Love said to Dolezal, “Let me tell you something: I’m black. I can’t be you. I can’t reverse myself. Let’s check you, Rachel. If the police stopped me, you could throw that off and show that nice fine hair up under, and you might get away. I may not. I may not even make in the jail.” To that Dolezal did not reply.
Tamera Mowry-Housley asked Dolezal what being black means to her and why she wants to be black. “Well, I think that sometimes how we feel is more powerful than how we’re born, and blackness can be defined as philosophical, cultural, biological, you know, it’s a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” said Dolezal. “And I think you do have to kind of walk the walk if that’s who you are.”
Braxton asked Rachel if she feels like she has walked the walk of a black woman. “Absolutely,” said Dolezal.
Dolezal also reported, “The police mark ‘black’ on my traffic tickets,” and that she didn’t have to identify her race on her application to Howard University.
But before you jump to the conclusion that Dolezal has learned absolutely nothing from her wild time in the public eye, check out Adrienne Bailon circling back around. “Why not say you’re white, but you identify as being black? You don’t seem to answer the question straight on.” Dolezal answered the question with a question and Jeannie Mai confronted her with, “You weren’t born black, so when you say you are black, it makes it hard for people to understand where you’re coming from.”
“Right, and that’s why I said, I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black,” said Dolezal. At this the audience erupted into applause. Some people stood and cheered at the progress that was made onstage.
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