Rachel Dolezal admits that she was born white.
The news, which surprised no one, went viral Monday because the former NAACP leader and African American studies professor has for years insisted that she is black. When her parents stepped forward this year to say that their family is white, it created a cultural firestorm with people arguing whether race is an incontrovertible biological reality or can be an identity that is claimed.
On the Fox News show “The Real” on Monday, after being questioned vigorously by the hosts who are all black women, Dolezal said: “… I acknowledge that I was biologically born white to white parents, but I identify as black.”
The audience burst into applause.
The Internet did not.
AND YOU ARE STILL WHITE, one exasperated woman wrote on Twitter.
Rachel Dolezal was not "born white" she *IS* white. The language we're allowing her to use on this is muddying the water & I don't like it.
— Cirque du SoBae (@brownandbella) November 2, 2015
Rachel Dolezal insists she didn't identify as White when she attended Howard, but in her lawsuit she certainly did #TheReal
— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) November 2, 2015
Shorter Rachel Dolezal: I lied Now let this liar fade into obscurity.
— ✩ Megan ✩ (@MeganSmiles) November 2, 2015