Why Isn’t Transracial Legitimate?

It’s not a lie if you believe it.” – George Costanza

Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old president of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington has been pretending to be black for nearly a decade. Rachel’s parents, who are as Caucasian as the Mayflower, outed her on Thursday. Side note—pictures of Rachel as a child show her to be so white that she’s nearly translucent.

Now, some people are claiming that Dolezal is “transracial.” You read that correctly. This new definition allegedly refers to one who believes he or she is born the wrong race. The hashtag #Transracial has blown up on Twitter, with most using it to mock.

But some people are asking a legitimate question, even if it started as a joke: If someone can be transgender, why can’t they be transracial? Let’s go with this premise. If people believe they are the incorrect gender, and use surgery and hormones to fix it, why can’t someone believe they were born the wrong race? What’s the difference? The best arguments I’ve seen are not very convincing.

There are transgender people, transabled people, and now transracial people. If one accepts the legitimacy of transgenderism, they must also accept any form of trans. Who are we to tell someone that their experiences are incorrect?

Once the anchor is lifted, the boat can go anywhere it wants. We judge the transgender community by their personally relayed experiences; its psychological. So, if someone feels that they are the incorrect race, how can someone properly argue that they aren’t?

This is a short one, but with a proper question. Tell me why transgenderism is real, but transracialism or transability is not.