Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezar made her first television appearance on Tuesday after being 'outed' as a white woman posing as black.
Ms Dolezar made her appearance on NBC’s Today Show after stepping down from her position as president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, where she was accused of lying about her race.
"I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair," she said.
She claimed that she identifies as black, and went on to say that her identity is not blackface or minstrel.
However, people were not keen to the idea that a white woman should identity as black. Some even suggested she appear on a black television broadcast and be questioned by black interviewers.
Hey #RachelDolezal! Since you identify as Black, come holla at “your people” on a Black TV network. We’ve got some different questions!hyphen; rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 16, 2015
And that her appearance on the Today Show was a sign of her privilege as a white woman.
'I identify as Black.' As if saying something with the confidence of a white person is an actual explanation. #RachelDolezal— Aamer Rahman (@aamer_rahman) June 16, 2015
I'm so excited about my new whiteness today. I'm going to apply for another home loan. #RachelDolezalhyphen; Yesha (@YeshaCallahan) June 16, 2015
It's incredibly insulting to suddenly become black, as if I can become unblack. We are not a novelty to add to your resume! #orangeroomhyphen; Angela Booker (@angiebooker) June 16, 2015
ONE white woman's issues got leagues of Black Women defining/defending our existence-SPECTACULAR display of White Privilege #RachelDolezalhyphen; MichaelaAngela Davis (@MichaelaAngelaD) June 16, 2015
People also pointed out that Matt Lauer interviewed her, who is also white, and no blacks were allegedly part of NBC's discussion.
And others criticised her media coverage as more significant issues were largely ignored by the mainstream news cycle.
How many brothas' police induced deaths hv gone unnoticed while #RachelDolezal floods the news cycle?hyphen; Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) June 15, 2015