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Watch Rachel Dolezal Explain Why She Identifies Herself as Black

Rachel Dolezal spoke out about her appearance and race on Tuesday. The former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, WA, sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show, marking the first time she's addressed the controversy since it became a trending topic last week. "I identify as black," she said. Rachel acknowledged that both of her parents are white but said she questioned her race throughout her childhood. "This goes back to a very early age with my self-identification with the black experience as a very young child. I would say about 5 years old. I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair, you know. That was how I was portraying myself." Rachel's statements come one day after the public backlash led to her resignation from the NAACP on Monday. Watch the interview everyone's talking about in the clip above, then catch up on the latest viral videos.

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