One knew “white privilege”- that myth that all people of fairer complexions magically have it better than others- would work itself in at some point:
But Lyubansky explains that the use of the term nowadays is not as simple as that: “With the greater visibility and growing acceptance of people who identify as transgender, the word ‘trans’ has largely evolved to refer to those whose gender identity is different than the one assigned to them at birth, which is sometimes described as feeling/believing/knowing that they are one kind of person” stuck in another kind of person’s body.
“This description … makes sense when describing both trans men and trans women, meaning that it fits equally well regardless of direction. Applying this concept to race makes little sense to me. ‘Trans’ refers to a lack of fit between biology and identity, but there is no biology involved in race.”
Lyubansky says the use of the word “transracial” in regards to Dolezal “is logically flawed and socially problematic in that it ignores the oppression of both those who are transgender and those who have had to live with real racial discrimination.”
Just as quickly as some on Twitter promoted the concept of Dolezal as transracial, others used the social media platform to critique the utilization of the term in a way that minimized and disenfranchised the transgender community.
“This is a dumb thing to say. Don’t say this,” tweeted Citizen Radio’s Allison Kilkenny of those arguing that if it is possible to be transgender, it is just as possible for Dolezal to be transracial. “Trans women are women. What #RachelDolezaldid is blackface.”
(Indeed, even Dolezal’s own adopted brother accused her of blackface this weekend.)
“This kind of racial fluidity may be something many of us wish existed, but it doesn’t,” says Lyubansky. “It’s a choice available to relatively few and … allows a white person to enjoy all of the privileges (group acceptance, social accolades, academic prestige) without actually having to overcome the experience of prejudice and discrimination.”
Now perhaps Lyubansky is pointing out Dolezal’s white liberal delusions of racial grandeur but if not, perhaps he would like to see the world as it actually is. It might blow his mind.
There is quite a bit to say about this topic and Rachel Dolezal but let’s start here: when individualism was trumped for the mob, when moral and cultural relativism were seen as proper modes of personal and communal conduct, when identity politics were seen as more important than actual issues that mattered, it is because some want truth to become irrelevant.
The inmates run the asylum.