Rachel Dolezal appeared on on the “Today” show Tuesday to tell Savannah Guthrie she’s “ready to move on” after a difficult year, and will write a book on racial identity.
“I don’t have any regrets about how I identify,” Dolezal said. “I’m still me and nothing about that has changed.”
Dolezal famously made headlines last year when it was revealed that she was white by birth despite identifying herself as a black woman for decades and running the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP.
She told Guthrie that it’s hard to do simple things, such as go to the grocery store, since the notoriety she’s gained over the last year. People stop and take pictures, but Dolezal tries to put on her sunglasses and “go about” life. She also plans to write about a book about racial identity.
“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.”
Watch the interview below.