NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Scores a ‘Big Get’ — Here’s This Morning’s Full Interview With Rachel Dolezal

Jun 16, 2015  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s morning show “Today” and its mainstay Matt Lauer landed a hot interview, which took place this morning. Lauer had a sitdown with Rachel Dolezal — her first since she resigned Monday as head of a Washington state chapter of the NAACP.

Dolezal came under pressure for presenting herself as black after her parents revealed that she is Caucasian. The revelation set off a firestorm about “transracial” issues, with Dolezal’s situation being likened by some observers to the recent interest in Caitlyn Jenner’s high-profile gender transition.

Dolezal tells Lauer in the interview: “I identify as black.” She adds: “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.”

Here’s the full interview:

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