The former NAACP leader sat down for an interview to discuss her work-in-progress memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World, claiming that she shares "some similarity" with the transgender reality star.
"Well, I think a lot of people have drawn that parallel," Dolezal told CNN's Michael Smerconish on Saturday when he pointed out that the two have similar public struggles.
"And I want to be careful because certainly every category of our identity is, you know, with its own unique circumstances and challenges," the 39-year-old said. "But for sure, there is some similarity in terms of harmonizing the outer appearance with the inner feeling, in terms of stigmatized identities. Some people will forever see me as my birth category and nothing further. And the same with Caitlyn."
As Radar readers know, it's been two years since Dolezal's family revealed the truth about her being born white — not black like she led the public to believe — and it's completely destroyed her life.
"Actually, race has been, to some extent, less biological than gender," she continued comparing to Jenner. "We've evolved into understanding that gender is not binary, it's not even biological. But what strikes me as so odd is that race isn't biological, either. . .I believe that the word transracial has become socially useful in describing racial fluidity and identity."
Meanwhile, according to her interview with The Guardian, Dolezal's scandal has left her in financial crisis. But she remains steadfast on her racial identity.
"If I would have had time to really, you know, discuss my identity, I probably would have described a more complex label, pan-African, pro-black, bisexual, mother, artist, activist, but I think the question, Are you African-American? — I haven't identified as African-American. I've identified as black. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view," she told Smerconish.
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