MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Despite White Parents, Rachel Dolezal May Be Black

On Saturday, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry wondered if “it’s possible” that Rachel Dolezal “might actually be black,” despite having white parents, The Blaze reported Sunday. Dolezal, the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, has maintained for years that she is black. Her parents, however, told the Coeur d’Alene Press that she was born white.

Dolezal, The Blaze added, had married a black man and at one time claimed to have biracial parents. As we reported earlier Sunday, she reportedly warned her adopted black sibling not to blow her cover when she came to Spokane. Perry, along with guest Allyson Hobbs, author of “Chasing Exile,” a book about passing as another race, discussed the possibility that Dolezal could be black.

“But is it possible that she might actually be black? The best way that I know how to describe this and I want to be very careful here,” Harris-Perry said. “Because I don’t want to say it’s equivalent to the transgender experience.”

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