Rachel Dolezal Finally Admits She’s White, Receives Thunderous Standing Ovation

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who revealed to an incredulous America that she had been pretending to be a black woman for the majority of her professional career, stopped by “The Real” this morning for a little chat.  Nothing about this interview was remarkable in any real way, except for the fact that she finally admitted out loud what we have already known for quite some time: she’s white.

Dolezal, wearing a new ill-advised wig, looked uncomfortable but somehow complacent as she sat with the hosts of “The Real” — all women of color — and attempted atonement for her curious behavior. Getting her to back down from her stance that she is a black proved difficult at first. “The police marked ‘black’ on my traffic tickets,” Dolezal said, as a way of proving that her half-assed attempt at mimicking the physical appearance of a black woman worked enough to fool some cops.

In the above clip, when asked, first by Jeannie Mai and then more sternly by Tamar Braxton and her professor-glasses, which race box she checks on forms, Dolezal launches into her song and dance about her many years as an African studies professor. This, for the record, does not change your actual race – if you’re white, you’re white. Dolezal’s final answer: “I checked white and black because we all have human origins in the continent of Africa.”

While that is still an eyeroll-worthy answer, getting Dolezal to at least tangentially acknowledge the fact that she is indeed a white woman is a hollow victory. Loni Love got down to brass tacks, and asked Dolezal if she’s ashamed of being white.

#LoniLove questions #RachelDolezal “Are you ashamed of being White?”

Posted by Star Connor on Saturday, October 31, 2015

“When you were admitted to Howard, that took an opportunity from a black woman,” Love said, acknowledging Dolezal’s attempts at erasure. “But we’re trying to understand why … you never told people you were white. Are you ashamed of being white?”

[h/t Jezebel]