Rachel Dolezal Speaks Out on 'Today' Show

Rachel Dolezal identifies as black on the Today Show.

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Ex-Spokane NAACP President, Rachel Dolezal, spoke out and defended her case on Today early Tuesday.

"I identify as black," Dolezal said.

She discussed her physical appearance and talked about how as a child she would draw self-portraits with a brown crayon vs. a peach crayon because that's how she identified herself. Dolezal added:

"As much as this discussion has somewhat been at my expense recently, and in a very sort of viciously inhumane way come out of the woodwork, the discussion is really about what it is to be human, I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment."

Rachel Dolezal was elected president of the N.A.A.C.P. chapter last year and had been credited to lifting their finances, visibility and membership according to The New York Times.

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