Rachel Dolezal Told Matt Lauer She Would Do It All Again

The former NAACP chapter president said she has self-identified as black since she was five years old.

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Jun 16 2015, 1:51pm

After announcing Monday that she would step down from her position at the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, the former chapter president who allegedly pretended to be black, went on Today Tuesday morning for her first in-depth interview since the scandal broke. In the ten-minute interview with Today's Matt Lauer, Dolezal stated that she has self-identified as black since she was five years old.

"I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and black, curly hair... That was how I was portraying myself," Dolezal said.

When Lauer questioned when she first began "deceiving people" about her race, Dolezal was quick to jump on his choice of words.

"I do take exception to that, because it's a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of 'Are you black or white?'"

She went on to say that she stands by her choices, and if she had the chance to make them again, she would.

Watch the interview above and read a full transcript on Slate.

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