Toronto’s African American community reacts to Dolezal interview

Global News

Rachel Dolezal is not African American but says she identifies as black.

Speaking with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Dolezal says starting at the age of five, she self-identified with the black experience.

“I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and the black curly hair… that was how I was portraying myself,” Dolezal said.

Dolezal’s parents recently revealed the Spokane NAACP chapter president has no ties to African American ancestry. The 37-year-old is of Czech, Swedish and German descent.

READ MORE: Rachel Dolezal was asked if she tried to mislead Howard University

The controversial interview has sparked heated reaction from the black community.

“The question wasn’t whether she identifies as black, the question is if she is an African American woman,” Andray Domise, said.

“To say that you are an African American woman means that you have some sort of ancestry tied…

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