Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP,   in her Spokane, Wash., home in March.   (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

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.

[Rachel Dolezal resigns as head of NAACP in midst of controversy]

[Dolezal once sued Howard, claiming discrimination — for being white]

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.