In June, Rachel Dolezal, the now-former head of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter, found herself at the center of a media frenzy when it was revealed that though she had been identifying and living as a black woman for years, she was actually born white. On Tuesday morning, Dolezal appeared on Today to talk about what her life has been like since gaining cultural infamy. It hasn't been easy — she can't go out in public without people taking pictures, she tells Savannah Guthrie — but she has no regrets about how she presented herself. She still identifies as a black woman.
When asked by Guthrie if she regrets saying things about herself that weren't true, Dolezal said she didn't understand the question and said, "I definitely don't have any regrets about how I identify. I'm still me. Nothing about that has changed."
Guthrie clarified, saying that Dolezal allowed people to believe that she'd been born black, and asking if she now wished she'd been more up-front about her background and avoided the controversy in the first place.
"Not necessarily," Dolezal said. If anything, she says the controversy had allowed her to become honest about who she really is (which still remains unclear) and meet people in similar situations. She announced she's working on a book about racial identity, which hopefully will do more to explain who Rachel Dolezal is and how she happened.
Watch the interview: