Can someone be transracial?

With the outrage following Rachel Dolezal's falsified claims of being African American in 2015, the question of racial identity has been raised. Should we have the right to identify as a different race than the one assigned at birth? And is transracial identity legitimate, or another means of cultural appropriation?

Being transracial is a legitimate identity

Just like being transgender, it is valid for someone to feel as though they identify more with a race different to the one assigned to them at birth.

'Transracial' used to refer to transracial adoption

Before Rachel Dolezal used to term transracial to mean transitioning from one race to another, the word was most commonly associated with transracial adoption.

People are allowed to identify with racial groups other than the ones assigned to them

Individuals have the freedom to express themselves however they wish.

The world is multicultural so transracial is a legitimate identity

The world is a diverse place, and separating race is an outdated practice.

Transracialism should be rejected as invalid and as cultural appropriation

This newly coined term only gives way to racial frauding, deception and forms of cultural appropriation, which often cause offence to both races involved.

Identifying as transracial is a form of cultural appropriation

Identifying as a different race other than your own is cultural appropriation.

Being transracial cannot compare to being transgender

The argument that transracial people should be accepted because transgender people are is invalid. Transgendered people have experienced hate crime and violence, so it is unfair to compare them to transracial people.
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