Rachel Dolezal on Today: "This is Not Some Freak 'Birth of a Nation' Mockery Blackface Performance." 

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Amid the controversy surrounding the ethnicity of Rachel Dolezal, who resigned June 15 as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, Eastern Washington University removed her biography from its website Monday. School officials insist that Dolezal's biography was scrubbed from ewu.edu because her contract had expired. When the biography was live on the website, it labeled Dolezal as a professor when she was actually a part-time instructor.

Dolezal is still the chair of Spokane's police ombudsman commission, but Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday that the Dolezal controversy had become a distraction and that he had referred the matter of the city's Ethics Commission to determine whether Dolezal had violated the city's code of ethics when she declared that she was African-American on her application to the commission.

Meanwhile, Dolezal broke her silence in a big way Tuesday morning, when she appeared live on NBC's Today Show, but maintained that she had never deceived anyone.

"I take exception to that because it's a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, 'Are you back or white?'" Dolezal told Today host Matt Lauer. "I have a huge issue with blackface. This is not some freak Birth of a Nation mockery blackface performance," she said. "This is on a very real, connected level. How I've had to go there with the experience, not just a visible representation, but with the experience."
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