Rachel Dolezal is standing firm on blackface.
At least, she is now that she's had some time to reflect on it and perhaps realize the only way out is through. It's been a while since the story of a white woman posing as a black woman (and accepting money and jobs under that pretext) broke, after she was outed by her parents in a local newspaper. She's had time to recoup and think strategy.
Here's what she said this week in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair:
“It's not a costume. I don't know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me. It's not something that I can put on and take off anymore. Like I said, I've had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I'm not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be — but I'm not."
The thing is though, she can take it off. Especially the incredible hair! Her hair has even been her meal-ticket, since she lost her job as chapter president of the Spokane NAACP and as a teacher of Africana Studies at the local university. It seems like her skill with weaves transcends all racial prejudice.