The coverage of Ms Dolezal's story was widely criticised on social media
Ms Dolezal, 39, told interviewer Emily Maitlis that “the idea of race is a lie” after she claimed to be black, despite being born to white parents.
She was outed in 2015 after spending years as a black civil rights activist, teaching courses on African-American history and becoming president of her local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP).
Ms Dolezal still maintains she identifies as black, and said she adopted a black identity because “the white world felt foreign” and “oppressive” to her.
Speaking on the programme, Ms Dolezal said: "I'm so stigmatised right now – not just at large, but especially in this town where I have to stay here in this region, to be a mother. It's a very hostile environment.
Ms Dolezal gave an emotional interview from her home in Spokane, Washington
Twitter users were quick to display their outrage
"Some people stopped me in the grocery store and say like: 'Oh my goodness! Did you know that you look like that one white woman who said she was black but she wasn't?' and then laugh.”
Viewers quickly communicated their outrage on social media, with one user describing Ms Dolezal as an “attention seeking fraud”.
Others condemned the BBC interview, suggesting Ms Dolezal should have been called to account for her actions while some claimed Ms Doleful should not have been given a platform, given that she has just released a book about her experiences.
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Ms Kinouani's take on Ms Dolezal's story received a much warmer response
One Twitter user wrote: “Don’t appropriate black culture when you have no idea what it’s like to be a black woman. Don’t know why she was given airtime.”
Meanwhile, one user simply put: “This is an absolutely poor show from Newsnight.”
Guilaine Kinouani, an equality consultant and writer appearing as a guest on the programme, received praise from viewers for her take on Ms Dolezal’s story.
She described Ms Dolezal as “a white woman who’s quite oblivious to the fact that black women’s experiences and bodies… have been appropriated.
“I’m not sure I would agree with the premise that she has been vilified – certainly she has been called to account… she has a book deal, so she also has some material gain from her experience.”