- Rachel Dolezal
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."