CONVERSE, TX -- What if you spent your entire life thinking you were black? Well, Verda Byrd from Converse, Texas found out she was actually white after living 70 years as a black woman.
Now, this story isn’t quite like Rachel Dolezal’s, the former head of the Spokane NAACP whose white parents outed her as their daughter.
The twist in Byrd’s story started back in 1942 when she was adopted by an African- American couple who raised her as their only child.
She just recently discovered that she was born Jeannette and her birth parents were white.
"I wouldn't go back to birth name if I had to. Jeanette Beagle does not fit Verda Byrd,” she explained.
Byrd says she's lived her whole life as a black woman and has no plans to change anything.
No word yet on whether Rachel Dolezeal will give up her life as a black woman, but she has given up her title with the NAACP.
Hey, maybe this whole racial identity issue isn’t as black and white as it might seem.