“Angry” is how Spokane NAACP activist and member Kitara Johnson felt after watching Rachel Dolezal’s interview on the Today show Tuesday morning.
“This woman left Spokane to tell the story to a major news outlet without responding to the people she claims she was doing so much for,” Johnson tells PEOPLE. “It would have taken her two minutes to say, ‘Guys, I’m sorry.’ But to get on a plane and go on TV to lie without apologizing for what she’s done?”
Dolezal was unapologetic about her actions during the interview – saying she had identified as black since she was 5 years old and that her failure over the years to clarify that she was born white did not amount to deception.
“She reminds me of a con artist who spins a story and you get lost in the words and she says nothing,” says Johnson, 37, who is black and grew up in the inner city of Chicago. “She doesn’t feel she did anything wrong. In her head, she thinks she’s a hero of African-American people. She’s received a platform from someone else’s race.”
“And to say you paraded in blackface because you were the mother/sister of an African-American son/brother is ridiculous,” she added.
Johnson is referring to Lauer’s questioning of why the naturally blond, light-skinned Dolezal darkened her face to appear black, which her adopted brother, Ezra, 22, tells PEOPLE is “insulting” and “blackface.”
Her reasoning? “I can’t be seen as white, and be Izaiah’s mom, Dolezal told Lauer. (Izaiah is Dolezal’s adopted brother, whom her parents have denied is Dolezal s adopted son.)
“I know white people who raise black children, Johnson continued. You don’t need to change your look – you need to be your authentic self because it shows the children that it’s okay to be who you are.”
Johnson started a petition to have Dolezal step down as president of the Spokane NAACP, and on Monday, Dolezal announced her resignation.
Johnson also organized a solidarity rally Monday night in front of the Spokane NAACP building to focus on doing good work in the community.
“We made a conscious decision to forgive Rachel, to no longer focus on her negativity,” Johnson tells PEOPLE. “We realize she is a habitual liar and a narcissist.”
An emergency meeting of the Spokane Human Rights Commission was called for Tuesday, says Johnson – who is also a commission member – to discuss the immediate removal of Dolezal as chair of the city’s Police Ombudsman Commission.
Yesterday, the city of Spokane ordered an investigation into Dolezal’s lying on her application – she checked off that she was black/African-American.
“She lacks integrity,” Johnson says. “If you don’t have integrity, no one could trust you. You can’t trust anything that comes out of her mouth.”