Black leaders and prominent African-American media figures are weighing in on the controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned after being accused of lying about her race.
“I identify as black,” Dolezal told NBC's Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday.
“I definitely am not white,” she said in an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie later in the day. “Nothing about being white describes who I am.”
Montel Williams, the former daytime talk-show host and father of four biracial children, slammed Dolezal’s deception.
“The truth is she lied,” Williams wrote in a Facebook post. “I hope she gets the help she so clearly needs. This isn’t trans-race as much as it’s sans-honesty.”
He elaborated in a guest column published by TVNewser.com:
While she was living as white, Dolezal sued Howard University for discrimination based on the fact she was a white pregnant woman. Then while she was living as black, she reported numerous hate crimes which law enforcementRead More »from Rachel Dolezal: What black leaders are saying about her racial identity