Remember Rachel Dolezal? The former NAACP operative who donned blackface and put on a seemingly racist minstrel show as a means of dissociating from her “white privilege?” Well, she’s back. In an uncomfortable interview with NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, Dolezal doubled-down on her faux-blackness, telling the hosts. “I don’t have any regrets about how I identify.”
She continued: “I’m still me and nothing about that has changed.” If by “me” you mean “black,” then you’re still drinking the kool-aid, Rachel. Your parents are white as snow. Your elementary school pictures look like something straight out of the back of a milk carton in the 1950s. You’re white.
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Not only is Dolezal refusing to back down from pretending that she’s black, but she’s now exploiting the entire controversy for financial gain. Dolezal plans on publishing a book on racial identity in the imminent future.
Nevertheless, Dolezal decided to shed some crocodile tears, whining about the apparent slights she experiences on a daily basis. “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,” reports The Wrap. “People stop and take pictures, but Dolezal tries to put on her sunglasses and ‘go about life.’” Dolezal is “ready to move on,” apparently. Why then are you writing a book and milking the publicity for all it’s worth, Rachel?
Flirting with the beast of identity politics is nothing new for Dolezal. She famously ran the Spokane Washington chapter of the NAACP, accusing everyone and their mother of racism or “white privilege” as she literally paraded around in blackface.
After a cringe-worthy back and forth with the hosts of the Today Show, Dolezal ultimately forgot how to put together coherent sentences. She appeared to babble about something vaguely New Age-y although it’s entirely unclear what the heck she was talking about. Here’s Dolezal’s monologue about ‘finding herself:’
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.
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.