Rachel Dolezal has a shocking confession for the world: She wasn’t born black.
Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP who grabbed headlines and raised eyebrows earlier this year by claiming that she’s black, despite her parents saying otherwise, dropped the bombshell during Monday’s episode of talk show “The Real.”
“I acknowledge, I was biologically born white, to white parents,” Dolezal admitted.”But I identify as black.”
The admission didn’t come without some tooth-pulling; asked by the panel whether she actually walked the walk as a black woman, Dolezal offered a wobbly response.
“I think, walking the walk in terms of philosophical, cultural, like what I was talking about in terms of the broader definition, the Pan-African definition of blackness… Is there a singular experience?” Dolezal answered.
Yes, co-host Tamar Braxton said, there is a singular experience.
“Absolutely. there are opportunities that I might not get that you can have only because of the color of my skin,” Braxton answered. “Even as successful as I am now, there are lots of doors that I can’t walk into that you can definitely walk into. So I just really want to know, like, have you ever experienced anything like that?”
Again, an evasion from Dolezal.
“The police mark ‘black’ on my traffic tickets … you know, you get the B, the W or the U,” Dolezal offered.
Finally, the women of “The Real” compelled Dolezal to admit what everyone had long suspected: Despite her efforts to identify however she wishes, she’s whiter than a milk bottle in a snowstorm.
Tune in next week, when “The Real” tackles the issue of Tom Jones’ birth race. We hope.