We’ve had many of controversies over the last year, but perhaps you were wondering where Rachel Dolezal is nearly a year after becoming a household name amid a huge controversy. As it turns out, she’s about exactly where she was back then: on NBC’s Today show explaining herself. Dolezal was forced to step down last year as the president of the Spokane NAACP chapter after it was revealed that she wasn’t biologically African-American. In the immediate aftermath of her outing, Dolezal insisted that she identified as black. Months later, she admitted that she was “biologically born white.”
“I don’t have any regrets about how I identify. I’m still me, and nothing about that has changed,” Dolezal told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie after watching a video recap of her saga. Dolezal added that watching news coverage of her downfall last year was difficult to re-live not only in the Today show studio, but any time her name and story resurfaces in the media. “It’s been some work to rebuild and get things back on track with life,” Dolezal said. “We’re doing well. Looking at some new opportunities going into 2016.”
Dolezal is planning to write a book about her experiences and recently recorded a TED Talk in which she candidly discusses her ordeal. That’s set to be released online soon and some of her points on the state of race in America might be a preview of what she’ll cover in the TED Talk. “Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn’t create racism, but racism created race,” Dolezal said. “That’s why this became so visible, because it really challenged people to think about identity and what is race? It’s like one human race? Why do we still want to go back to that worldview of separate races?” Watch the full interview below:
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