Embattled former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal sat down with NBC Today's Matt Lauer to discuss the firestorm of controversy surrounding her personal racial identity.
Dolezal, who pretended to be black for 8 years, stepped down as president of the Spokane NAACP on Monday, just days after her parents outed her as being their biological daughter. Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal are both white.
Dolezal repeatedly told Lauer her racial identity is "a little more complex" than simply answering whether she's black or white.
"I identify as black," she told Lauer.
Dolezal, 37, said she first began identifying as black when she was 5 years old -- around the same age that many transsexuals/transgender claim they began identifying as the opposite sex.
"I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon," she told an incredulous Lauer. "It was a little more complex than me identifying as black."
Lauer asked Dolezal pointedly, "When did you start deceiving people and telling them you were black?"
Dolezal said she took exception to the wording "deceiving people." She explained that others began identifying her as first "transracial," then "biracial", then "black." She said she never corrected people because "it's more complex than being true or false."
"Have you done something to darken your complexion?" Lauer asked, as if transgenders don't often go to great lengths to adopt the stereotypical characteristics of the opposite sex.
CNN's Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira also had great difficulty accepting Dolezal's self-identify as black, which they see as somehow different from Bruce Jenner's self-identity as a woman.
Both Dolezal and Jenner suffer from delusions.
Referring to Jenner's cross-dressing, Cuomo argued that Jenner was "dealing with something very openly as a man." Really? When did Jenner admit publicly that he was a cross-dresser? Wasn't it just this year?
The liberal media pushes the agenda that transgenders are supposedly living "their authentic selves."
If "authentic" means carving up their bodies, taking dangerous amounts of hormones and misappropriating or over exaggerating male or female stereotypes, then the word "authentic" has a different meaning than what I was taught.
It's easier for Cuomo and Pereira to accept people like Jenner and Lavern Cox because they are everywhere, and acceptance of transgender issues is currently PC. But Dolezal and others like her are forcing a new dialogue about how society accepts all personal identity delusions.
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