I can definitely understand the “complexity” of the this story. After her parents outed her actual race, former NAACP Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal hit every headline imaginable. Now, as opposed to running away from the camera, the Caucasian woman who “identifies as Black,” is sitting down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer for a more open interview.

Lauer opens up with a quote from Dolezal’s parents, in which they wonder why she could not fight the same fight as a white women.

“I really don’t see why they’re in such a rush to whitewash some of the work that I have done,” she begins to explain. “…Who I am and how I’ve identified.”

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In a more confusing piece, Dolezal was shown a late-teened version of herself, in which she was an obviously Caucasian female. She said at that period in her life, she did not identify as Black, however, she doubles back and says that every since she was five-years-old, she saw herself as Black.

“I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair,” she told Lauer. But she insisted she never DECEIVED anyone, although she was mentioned as transracial, biracial, etc., and never corrected them. “I do take exception to that because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black or answering a question of, are you black or white?”

The 37-year-old admits that if she could do it all over again, she would not change a thing. She claims that although it was at a bad time, it was a conversation starter.

“As much as this discussion has somewhat been at my expense recently, and in a very sort of viciously inhumane way come out of the woodwork, the discussion is really about what it is to be human,” she said. “I hope that that can drive at the core of definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self determination, personal agency and, ultimately, empowerment.”

Check out the gallery for more Rachel Dolezal, and her Black children.

Get this, her son’s name is Isaiah. Anyone else feeling a little Halle Berry come on? #IJS