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: