Rachel Dolezal Admits She's White on 'The Real'
"I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black."
Rachel Dolezal appeared on The Real on Monday to speak about her racial identity and finally admitted she is, in fact, white.
During the show, Dolezal continued to defend her stance that she can identify as black even though she is white, discussing the issue with the hosts of The Real, who are all women of color.
When Adrienne Bailon pressed Dolezal on why she doesn't just say that she's white but identifies as black. "Why not give me the right to identify as I identify," responded Dolezal. "We are all entitled to be exactly who we are and to identify as such."
Jeannie Mai said, “Rachel I think it's kind of hard because you're not black, so when you identify with it, there's a disconnect." She added that since Dolezal wasn't born black, it "makes it hard for people to understand" where she's 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.
The audience cheered and clapped loudly for Dolezal as soon as she said she was born white, and some people gave her a standing ovation.