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Brown crayon? Peach crayon? Rachel Dolezal stirs up colorful debate

In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black."
In this image released by NBC News, former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal appears on the "Today" show set on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in New York. Dolezal, who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white, said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and "takes exception" to the contention that she tried to deceive people. Asked by Matt Lauer if she is an "an African-American woman," Dolezal said: "I identify as black." Associated Press

In an interview with Matt Lauer on Tuesday, embattled NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal explained that she drew self-portraits of herself as a little girl with the brown crayon instead of the peach one – and of course, Twitter giggled.

Dolezal, who was born to white parents, told Lauer that she started identifying as black as early as age 5 when “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and black curly hair.”

You could almost hear social media pounce as soon as the words were out of her mouth.

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