Dolezal appeared on 'The Today Show' to explain her identity.
If you haven't been following this Rachel Dolezal story, here's a summary: it's nuts. Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, was outed by her parents as a white woman who had pretended to be black for more than a decade. She initially refused to comment on the allegations, but stepped down from her position at the NAACP yesterday. This morning, she broke her silence in an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show.
How she came off in this interview is up to everyone's interpretation. Lauer wasn't cutting her any slack, and all his points seemed valid to me. On the other hand, it's hard not to feel at least a little bad for her, considering the way the media has piled on her in the last few days.
If I have one takeaway from the interview, it's the part where she said she couldn't be a mother to her adopted son if she was "seen as white." This doesn't just contradict comments she made in the same interview, it's also pretty offensive. Her arguments about "transracialism" fall pretty flat when she implies that a multiracial family can't exist without somebody living a lie.