Rachel Dolezal appeared on Today Tuesday morning, one year after she became a news sensation for identifying as black even though she was born white. Her chosen identity and views on race naturally drew a lot of attention, and made her the subject of a bunch of jokes.
Last year, Dolezal had this to say about her identity on Today:
I'm definitely not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am. I'm more black than I'm white.
After a year, her stance and identity have not changed, and she has no regrets about how she handled her life. She also welcomed a new son, Langston, named after the black American poet Langston Hughes. So she has really doubled-down on her identity:
I don't have any regrets about how I identify. I'm still me.
Her as-yet-untitled book will explore "this larger issue of if you don’t fit into one box and if you don’t stay there your whole life, being identified from birth as who you are." She also plans to share stories she's received from people around the world that are "caught between boundary lines of race or culture or ethnicity."
When asked specifically if she had regrets about not being upfront about being born white, she tried the classic diversion of answering a question with more questions:
What is race? Is there one human race? Why do we still want to go back to that world view of separate races?
These are all good questions. Here's another for her, in the form of a riddle: what's both black and white but has never been read? Her forthcoming book.