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Posted 4/6/16
What is your opinion on transracialism? (the idea of really being a different race)
http://www.essence.com/2015/06/15/rachel-dolezal-transracial-identity-opinions
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A person with white skin who is adopted and raised by a black family in a black neighbourhood and participates in some black subculture or another could reasonably be said to be "culturally black" while being "cosmetically white". Racial identity is a complex subject for people who are adopted and/or multiracial, so being "transracial" isn't inconceivable. Extended expatriation and immigration to relatively culturally homogeneous states (Japan, for example) presents another interesting case where one might hypothetically, provided continuous and successful effort at integration, argue that they are now culturally more similar to their host nation than they are to the one they were born in.

Dolezal, meanwhile, is hardly a trustworthy representative of some alternative understanding of the concept of transracial identification as one roughly comparable to transgender identification. Dolezal sued Howard University on the basis that she was discriminated against for being white (so her claims about her racial identification are highly suspect), she's claimed that she was raised in a teepee and hunted with a bow and arrow (her parents deny this), she's just not credible. Dolezal is someone to be taken with a whole silo of salt.
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BlueOni wrote:

A person with white skin who is adopted and raised by a black family in a black neighbourhood and participates in some black subculture or another could reasonably be said to be "culturally black" while being "cosmetically white". Racial identity is a complex subject for people who are adopted and/or multiracial, so being "transracial" isn't inconceivable. Extended expatriation and immigration to relatively culturally homogeneous states (Japan, for example) presents another interesting case where one might hypothetically, provided continuous and successful effort at integration, argue that they are now culturally more similar to their host nation than they are to the one they were born in.

Dolezal, meanwhile, is hardly a trustworthy representative of some alternative understanding of the concept of transracial identification as one roughly comparable to transgender identification. Dolezal sued Howard University on the basis that she was discriminated against for being white (so her claims about her racial identification are highly suspect), she's claimed that she was raised in a teepee and hunted with a bow and arrow (her parents deny this), she's just not credible. Dolezal is someone to be taken with a whole silo of salt.


Yes in the same way the child in Michael Jackson likes kids cereal and the Adult in Michael Jackson likes the kid in him...
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Yes in the same way the child in Michael Jackson likes kids cereal and the Adult in Michael Jackson likes the kid in him...


It's about a person being raised in a particular cultural context and identifying more strongly with that culture than one others think they should properly "belong" to despite having no substantial connections to it beyond one's ancestry while still acknowledging that ancestry exists.
Posted 4/6/16
Some time in the future I'm sure that people will be able to look like whatever they want to look with minimal effort.
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Posted 4/6/16
And there will still be ppl that'll whine and complain about it being wrong.
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BlueOni wrote:


52infinity wrote:

Yes in the same way the child in Michael Jackson likes kids cereal and the Adult in Michael Jackson likes the kid in him...


It's about a person being raised in a particular cultural context and identifying more strongly with that culture than one others think they should properly "belong" to despite having no substantial connections to it beyond one's ancestry while still acknowledging that ancestry exists.


Culture is retarded. Isn't the common interest or just intrest enough?
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Transracialism is one of those terms that doesn't make sense (to me) because you are not that race no matter how much you think you are. Race is someone who is born in the group, who has the facial features (of that group) and has been raised by the culture. I like to define race by what ethnicity you are, not what you feel. I feel like they are trying to put race on the same level as gender and it isn't. They are two completely different things.
Posted 5/26/16
Tbh it is rather bizarre if I may say so.
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26 / M / Your friendly nei...
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Posted 5/26/16
I was black... twice...
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Posted 5/26/16
What are you talking about? BTW your link isn't a link so I can't click it, or copy it on my phone.

Are you talking about mixed breeds because everyone in the USA is a mutt already.
Posted 5/26/16
I think people should be able to look however they want (race, gender, etc.) once they are old enough to be considered able to make rational decisions (which means not when they're a kindergartner: yes, that has happened).
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Crazy_Monster wrote:

Transracialism is one of those terms that doesn't make sense (to me) because you are not that race no matter how much you think you are. Race is someone who is born in the group, who has the facial features (of that group) and has been raised by the culture. I like to define race by what ethnicity you are, not what you feel. I feel like they are trying to put race on the same level as gender and it isn't. They are two completely different things.


I agree with this. It's one thing to have a strong affinity with a racial group because you grew up around them, but if you do not have the same ancestral history as they do, you can't claim anything further in terms of racial identity.
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Posted 5/27/16
Culture isn't race so this feels kinda like bullshit
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Posted 5/27/16
Never heard of the word...new words and ideas just keep popping up. I will just stick to watching anime all day
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