She’s black, she’s white and now she’s bi. The unusual case of former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal took an interesting turn yesterday during her interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC Nightly News when she revealed she has dated both men and women.
Dolezal, who has been embroiled in a race scandal that sent the Internet into overdrive this past weekend, finally broke her silence, and in the process, threw enough curve balls to give viewers a severe case of whiplash. Allegations of physical abuse, along with speculation that Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal might not even be her biological parents were just the tip of the iceberg. She also uses spray-on bronzer to achieve her darker completion, and she is “definitely not white.” Dolezal firmly believes she has never lied about her race; however, she does admit to “moments of some level of creative non-fiction.”
The big jaw-dropper about her identifying as the “B” in the LGBT came when Dolezal was discussing Caitlyn Jenner’s cover story in the current issue of Vanity Fair. Dolezal said she cried upon reading the piece. She went on to say:
“I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood — to not know if you have a conversation with somebody, will that relationship then end because they have seen you as one way. And even in dating relationships…one of the things…you know… and I’m bisexual, and so, you know, I’ve dated men and women. And I will intentionally ask, like, ‘So do you just date light-skinned women? What’s your spectrum?’”
Thankfully, Dolezal avoided agreeing with the comparisons she has received from many ill-informed people who feel her situation is similar to that of a transgender person. People magazine reached out to a psychologist and racial identity expert who stated that being transracial is very different from being transgender.
Derald Wing Sue, a professor of psychology and education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, explained to the publication:
“Most people who are transgender, [when they are] as early as 4 or 5, believe already that at some level that they are a child born with the wrong anatomy. I don’t see this [with Dolezal].”
“I think [the comparison] is all an attempt to not really see the issue. The issue is deception, honesty and pretense. You have to get to the bottom of that.”
So Rachel Dolezal is still not willing to say definitively whether she is black or white, but she is bisexual.
At least she finally identifies as something.