So I'm sure most people are now aware of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who chaired a leadership position in the NAACP, all while claiming she was a black woman. Apparently some people do identify as the race different than the one they are, which I was unaware of.
My intial reaction is that this is bull. You are the race you were born as. But is it possible someone can feel like they aren't the race they were born as? The overwhelming sentiment I've read about Rachel Dolezal has been negative. Should we accept someone if they want to be black or Asian or white, when they aren't?
I can understand transgender more since sexuality, attraction, and how someone 'feels' can be vague, leading to hetero-, homo-, or trans-sexual people. How is it 'bad' if someone feels they are a different race?
Is there hypocrisy in not accepting transracial identifiers? Thoughts?
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"Race" as a construct doesn't really hold any rational meaning. What that REALLY implies is the genetic origin (also called "population" if I remember the term right) and the `culture` associated with that given genetic origin. So technically unless you're actually of African descent, identifying as that race is just humbug.0