Just when you thought you left Rachel Dolezal in the past, she’s back—and she still has no regrets about identifying herself as a Black woman.
The former NAACP chapter president spoke with “The Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie today (April 12) about plans for a new book about about “lives being caught between race or culture or ethnicity, and this larger issue of if you don’t fit into one box.” When Guthrie asked if she regrets misrepresenting aspects of her heritage—Dolezal publicly identifies as Black despite having White parents and once suing Howard University for discriminating against her for being White), she had this to say:
“I don’t know what you’re referring to with that, but definitely I don’t have any regrets about how I identify. I’m still me and nothing about that has changed.”
She elaborated after Guthrie asked if she regrets not being fully upfront with how she identifies:
“You know…not necessarily. I mean, I do wish that I’d given myself permission to really own the me of me earlier in life. It took me almost 30 years to get there, but I certainly feel like it’s a complex issue. How do you just sum up a whole life of this coming into who you are in a soundbite? Those conversations, I feel like moving forward I don’t have any regrets about that.”
Dolezal also touched on the issues she feels her controversy raised, saying: “Is there one human race? Why do we want to go back to that world where we have separate races?”
Watch the interview above.