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NY Civil Rights Leader on Rachel Dolezal: 'Everybody's Mixed'

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 06:32 PM

Disgraced former NAACP group leader Rachel Dolezal is perfectly entitled to identify herself as black, even though her parents are white, Michael Meyers, president of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, tells Newsmax TV.

"Race is a social construct. Who determines whether or not you are white? Who determines whether or not I'm black?" Meyers said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"There is no such thing as white anymore. Everybody's mixed. Everybody's mixed .... Everybody came from Africa. So everybody is African American."

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Dolezal resigned as president of the NAACP's Spokane, Washington, chapter, just days after her parents, who are white, said their daughter had been faking being black for years.

They produced Rachel's birth certificate as well as a picture of her as a Caucasian youngster.

On Tuesday, Dolezal told NBC's "Today" show that she has identified as black since she was 5 years old.

Meyers, who is also a columnist for the New York Daily News, sympathized.

"I don't have a definition for being black. If you think you're black, as far as I'm concerned, you're black," he told Steve Malzberg.

"If you're a woman in a man's body and you want to call yourself a woman, you're a woman. I have no problems with this. I'm a liberal."

Meyers said Dolezal's story reflects the plot of the 1986 comedy, "Soul Man," starring C. Thomas Howell, James Earl Jones and Leslie Nielsen.

"It's about a white male kid who wanted to go to Harvard and he had the grades but he needed a scholarship so he painted himself, tanned himself, to be black," Meyers said.

"It was a hilarious deception in the movie and it's a hilarious deception in real life."

And what's the next step for Dolezal?

"Her 15 minutes of fame are up," Meyers said.

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