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Rachel Dolezal Returns With Vanity Fair Interview: I’m Not African-American ‘But I Would Say I’m Black’

In an interview with Vanity Fair, former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal insisted that she’s black despite being born… not black.

“It’s not a costume,” Dolezal said. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me. It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore.”

Dolezal went on to claim that she didn’t mislead anyone by acting as an African-American woman for years.

“If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms,” she told Vanity Fair.

“It’s hard to collapse it all into just a single statement about what it is,” she added. “You can’t just say in one sentence what is blackness or what is black culture or what makes you who you are.”

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