Earlier this year, the “transgender” movement saw unprecedented advances in social constructs and legal representation.
The movement recognized people who identify as a gender of which they were not born.
Now, it seems there is a movement to adopt “transracial” people.
That is, people who identify as a race to which they were not born.
Per USA Today:
Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino.
He even drives what he calls a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines.
Du said he feels more comfortable when engaging in the Filipino culture:
“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” he said.
“I’d watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours … nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”
According to the report, psychologist Stacey Schreckner says she sees no problem with someone embracing another race:
“If someone feels that they feel at home with a certain religion, a certain race, a certain culture, I think that, if that’s who they really feel inside, life is about finding out who you are,” she said. “The more knowledge you have of yourself, the happier you can be”
She continued: “And, as long as it’s not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don’t see a problem with that.”
“If that’s who they are and they want to celebrate it and enjoy it, then you have to think: What harm is it doing? All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it,” she said.
“I think before we get offended, we need to take a step back and think about what is the harm.”
She concluded that those looking to embrace another race should seek professional guidance:
“I work with a lot, in my 15 years, a lot of transgender people” she said. “Before the doctors that I send them to do any type of physical changes to their body, they go through a long process with me and actually most the people, they are not upset about it because they want to make sure that they’re doing the right thing.”