There are over 100,000 Korean-American adoptees living in the U.S.
The fourth of July is upon us, a holiday that signifies a meaningful moment in U.S. history, a date that marks our official independence as a nation. Over time, freedom and independence have come to take on very deep meaning for me as a transracially adopted person.
All that I do and all that I am is wrapped up in two men; one gave me life and the other raised me. I simply would not exist without one and can't imagine my life without the other.
The Dolezal incident isn't about her, it's about a society that clings to that racial line.
Racism is more than a white person coming up to you and yelling a racial slur, it's a daily struggle and a constant fear. No, I've never been called a n*gger, but I'm forced to but I can't change my blackness when it's convenient. And it's not fair that she can choose something we can't.
The timing of Dolezal's racial transition is extremely important. She benefitted from the inherited privileges of whiteness while growing up and through most of her adult life, then she later exploited light-skinned privilege while identifying as an ethnically mixed person.
For those of you who don't know, transracial identity IS a thing and yeah, #TransracialLivesMatter but in many more ways than you think.
The fact that Rachel Dolezal was able to get away with living as a Black woman, albeit precariously, for so long is ironic as well as troubling. Her entire life story is the classic definition of White privilege.
“I would say in stepping outside of myself, I would probably be enraged. I would be like, what the ... You know, this -- how
Rachel Dolezal's actions are a potential pitfall for any White people on the journey towards recognizing the truth of what it means to be White and accepting responsibility for it. But we cannot not be White. And we cannot undo what Whiteness has done. We can only start from where we are and who we are.
Among the more pressing and frequently heard concerns around why Dolezal disguised her ethnicity is that she decided to “pass
I say "don't hate the player, hate the game." Race is the game. We want to believe in its realness; its authenticity; its power as a marker. That's ideology.