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Dr. Phil doesn’t buy Dolezal pitch

Screen grab from Dr. Phil promotional video.
Screen grab from Dr. Phil promotional video.

Rachel Dolezal told popular television talk show host Dr. Phil that she continues identify as an African-American. Her insistence came even as Dr. Phil, in a show taped earlier and aired Monday afternoon, urged her to be truthful. “You pretended to be black. You perpetrated a lie that upset a lot of people. You agree with that, right?” Dr. Phil asked. Dolezal responded with “No … It’s not something that I perpetrated or faked. It’s just me being me.”

She has claimed to be “transracial,” to explain how she distanced herself from her upbringing as a Caucasian girl in northwestern Montana to later identify as an African-American woman who would become the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP. Dolezal, who recently released her memoir, has struggled to find work in the aftermath of her 2015 unmasking/SR staff reports. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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