The former NAACP president who had made headlines for posing as black is now doing media rounds to promote her memoir “In Full Color: Finding My Place In Black and White World.” She made a stop at NBC’s The Today show as part of her tour, where she told host Savannah Guthrie that she identifies herself a Black rather than an African-American.
Dolezal also revealed that she had to change her name after her racial identity cost her career and sparked a national debate. She said that her new name would enable people pay attention to her experience and qualifications rather than the tabloid publicity she got in 2015.
Promoting the book on The Today Show, Dolezal was asked by co-anchor Savannah Guthrie to justify why she insists on describing herself as a member of the African American community instead of merely identifying with the group.
Dolezal corrected Guthrie, saying “I don’t identify as African American, I identify as black.
“I am part of the Pan-African diaspora and I definitely feel like in America, even though race is a social construct and we’ve acknowledged this in academia and in science there still is a line drawn in the sand.
“There still are sides. Politically, there’s a black side and a white side, and I stand unapologetically on the black side. I stand with my own internal sense of self and my own values. I stand with my sons, I stand with my sister and I also stand there really with the greater cause of challenging the myth of white supremacy.”
Dolezal added the book “was a difficult one to write.” Heat Street‘s Joe Simonson wrote last week the book was a difficult one to read.
He isn’t the only one. As of now, 68% of the 31 customer reviews on the book’s Amazon page rate it one star.
Review headlines include, “She has created a fantasy world for herself to feel better about herself,” “This woman is a complete fraud,” “Cultural appropriation at its worst,” and “Fraud alert.”