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.
Last year, Dolezal legally changed her name to Nkechi Amare Diallo.
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