It's been almost a year since American woman Rachel Dolezal was revealed to be a white woman pretending to be black, and now she's speaking about her experiences.
She was outed in June last year and was the center of an international media storm, but has now placed herself back in the headlines as on April 12, she spoke with NBC host Savannah Guthrie about her experiences.
Dolezal served as NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Washington, and once said “I'm more black than I am white”.
Over the past year, she said people had taken her photo and it was hard to go to the grocery store.
When Guthrie vaguely asked Dolezal if she wanted to take back what she had previously said, and the misconception she created about herself, she said: “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 added: “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 sound bite?”
She told NBC she plans to discuss race issues in her upcoming book, which will be about people’s “lives being caught between race or culture or ethnicity and this larger issue of if you don’t fit into one box.” She says the revelation that she was white became such a thing because “it challenged people to think about identity… is there one human race? Why do we want to go back to that world where we have separate races?”