Rachel Dolezal Is Back And Says She Has No Regrets
Dolezal made headlines after years of living as a black woman and heading up her NAACP chapter despite being born to white parents.
Rachel Dolezal made headlines one year ago after it was revealed she had been leading her community to believe she was a black woman for years while serving as the head of her NAACP chapter.
Now, in an interview on TODAY, the 38-year-old sticks by her controversial identity politics and says she has absolutely no regrets.
"I don't have any regrets about how I identify," Dolezal said in Tuesday's sit-down with Savannah Guthrie.
Guthrie pressed Dolezal, saying "You have allowed people to believe you were born black."
However, Dolezal offered no apologies.
"I do wish I could have given myself permission to really name and own the me of me earlier in life. It took me almost 30 years to get there," she said. "Certainly, I feel like it's a complex issue. How do you just sum up a whole life of kind of coming into who you are in a sound bite? Those conversations? I feel like moving forward. I don't have any regrets about that."
While Dolezal said the past year has been "challenging," she said she's also celebrated the birth of a new son and wants to move on.
In part, she hopes to do so by writing a book.
"I'm really excited to write the book and get into some of the issues that I've researched for many years," she told Guthrie. "Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn't create racism, but racism created race."
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