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Rachel Dolezal appeared on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday to discuss her upcoming book nearly one year after it was revealed that the former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter was born white but lived as a black woman.

Dolezal, who identifies as black, spoke to Savannah Guthrie about what life has been like since the firestorm erupted over her identity.

She said that while sometimes she finds it difficult appear in public, she's ready to move on and said she recently welcomed a new son.

"I don't have any regrets about how I identify, I'm still me," Dolezal said.

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Pressed on whether she wishes she had done things differently, Dolezal faulted herself for not having "owned" her identity.

"I do wish that I could have really owned, given myself permission to really name and own the me of me earlier in life," she said. "How do you just sum up a whole life of kind of coming into who you are in a sound bite?"

The former college instructor said her new book will explore issues around racial identity, and will be drawn from her experiences. She said she has heard from people all over the world who have been "caught between boundary lines of race or culture or ethnicity."

Dolezal said her experience has challenged people to think about questions of race and identity.

"Is there one human race? Why do we still want to go back to that worldview of separate races?"


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter@cprignano.