The world isn’t done hearing from Rachel Dolezal! The former NAACP president revealed she will be writing a book based on the race identity controversy she sparked last year — and that she has no ‘regrets’ over lying about her race. Watch her new interview here!
Rachel Dolezal isn’t taking back anything she said or did in 2015! Nearly one year after she made headlines for misrepresenting herself as an African-American woman, the 38-year-old Washington native declared on the Today show that she doesn’t have any regrets about her false identification. And in fact, she’ll be writing all about (and profiting from) her experience in a new book!
“I don’t have any regrets about how I identify,” Rachel told Today‘s Savannah Guthrie. “I’m still me and nothing about that has changed.” When asked if she wished she’d been more upfront about her true identity, Rachel added, “I do wish I could’ve given myself permission to really name and own the me of me earlier in life. It took me almost 30 years to get there. Certainly I feel like, it’s a complex issue, how do you sum up a whole life of coming into who you are in a soundbite? So those conversations, I feel like, moving forward, I don’t have any regrets about that.”
In case you aren’t familiar with Rachel’s story, she prompted a national debate after she publicly revealed that she identifies as “black” — when she was actually born to white parents. So months after sparking such a controversy, she felt the only appropriate thing to do was write a book about it! Hear everything Rachel had to say in her interview below!
Rachel eventually revealed in November 2015 that she was born white, five months after insisting she was black, but she continues to identify as African-American. While this may still leave many peeved, she hinted that her book will dig deep enough into the topic of racism that it will hopefully help them understand why she identifies as she does.
“Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn’t create racism, but racism created race. So I think it’s important to really think through a lot of those topics and questions that people have,” Rachel said. “And that’s why this became so visible. Because it really challenged people to think about identity, and ‘what is race?’ Is there one human race? Why do we still want to go back to that world view of separate races?”
It seems Rachel hasn’t started writing her book yet, so it may be a while before it hits shelves. But we’re certainly curious to hear what she has to say…that she hasn’t said already!
Will you be reading Rachel’s book, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised she doesn’t have any regrets about falsely identifying herself? Tell us below?