Raven-Symoné has a simple message: She loves Rachel Dolezal. While most people are shocked by Dolezal, a white woman, claiming she’s black, the former Disney star and new “View” host has embraced her.
"I love her," Raven-Symoné, 29, told Us Weekly in New York City Tuesday. "Listen, we can't judge anybody. We don't know that person's life. We're only getting bits and pieces."
The “That’s So Raven” star even joked about Dolezal’s makeup. "One thing I would tell Rachel?" the former child star reflected. "Hashtag #TellRachel? Girl, I got a better foundation for you,” she told Us Weekly. “I know what it's like. I gotta go dark too."
Dolezal, 37, resigned as the president of the NAACP Spokane, Washington, chapter after her parents said she was born white. Even after her parents said she lied, Dolezal maintained she identifies as black.
"This goes back to a very early age with my self-identification with the black experience as a very young child," she said on the “Today” show Tuesday. She said she would draw herself with a brown crayon and give herself curly hair. "That was how I was portraying myself."
When “View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg compared Dolezal to transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner, Raven-Symoné said she “agreed.”
"It's reminiscent of Caitlyn Jenner and many other transgender people. ... Hey, do it. I know a lot of people in other cultures want to be in other cultures ... straighten their hair ... fill in their lips. Everyone's trying to find their way to fit in," she said.
Dolezal’s father, Larry, said his daughter slowly took on black identity after he and his wife, Ruthanne, adopted black children when Dolezal was a teenager. “It was very noticeable,” the father said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “She loved the black people and embraced black as beautiful.”
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