Embattled Former NAACP Leader Still Considers Herself Black

Rachel Dolezal says she identified as being black ever since she was a child.
2:01 | 06/17/15

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Now to the growing debate tonight over that former naacp leader breaking her silence. Tonight she says she still considers herself black despite images as an adult and a teenager years earlier. This evening she explains it all in her own words. Here's Steve osunsami now. I felt very isolated with my identity. Reporter: She may be the most controversial naacp chapter president, ever, born into a white family, but tonight she's not backing down telling MSNBC that she's been black for a long time. I have really gone there with the experience in terms of being a mother of two black sons and really owning what it means to experience and live blackness. Reporter: Rachel Dolezal, who resigned from the civil rights group Monday under fire, says even as a white child living in Montana, she knew she was black. From a very young age, I felt a spiritual, visceral very instinctual connection with black is beautiful, with just the black experience. Reporter: She made headlines when she struggled to say if she was black or white. Back home in Spokane tonight, civil rights workers she once led are saying she's still lying. That's my concern. Don't lie. Tell the truth. Reporter: There was a moment in 2002, on her long road to blackness, when she was insisting she was white. She filed this lawsuit against historically black Howard university, saying she was passed over for teaching positions at the graduate school because she was caucasian. The case was dismissed. She now says she transracial, in the way some are transgendered, and experts say that's for real. Her estranged parents say she's as white as they are. She says as girl she preferred the brown crayons to the peach ones and now lives blackness. Tonight across black America there are some who are saying have at it. David? Steve osunsami, thank you.

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