A Florida transgender woman has come out to a Tampa Bay TV station, claiming that she is also “transracial.”
She was born a white man, but now Ja Du says he considers herself to be a Filipino woman.
Mark Dice breaks it down…”White man in Florida ‘identifies’ as a Filipino woman and started a ‘transracial’ support group.”
— 10News WTSP (@10NewsWTSP) November 13, 2017
Ja Du told WTSP-TV that she just really loves Filipino culture…
“Whenever I’m around [Filipino] music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin.”
“I’d watch the History Channel sometimes for hours, you know, whenever it came to that, and, you know, nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”
WTSP spoke to licensed psychologist, Dr. Stacy Scheckner about being “transracial.”
Scheckner said that she had no transracial clients (yet) but had worked with people who wanted to change their bodies and that being “transracial” is basically the same thing.
“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. The more knowledge you have of yourself, the happier you can be.”
“And, as long as it’s not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don’t see a problem with that.”
Via The Root…
Why are we treating religion and race like interchangeable concepts? How does a licensed professional even fix her mouth to say something like that?
Listen, you can (and maybe should) embrace cultures that aren’t your own. And having lived overseas, I’ve witnessed many a person who found a new, arguably more authentic home in another culture and place.
When I lived in Vietnam, I saw white men marry Vietnamese women and have Vietnamese children and decide that they related so much more to Vietnamese culture that they applied for Vietnamese citizenship. I have even heard some of these men (and some women) say they “feel” more Vietnamese than American or British or Australian.
The last part was always puzzling to me, but fine. They were talking about a place as much as a culture, and I’ve never known any of them to try to pass themselves off as ethnically Vietnamese. Being expats, they understood their privilege and the power imbalance between being a native Vietnamese and being from a Western country.
But filing for citizenship or claiming kinship is altogether different from taking on an ethnic identity: The latter is theft.
Thankfully, Ja Du hasn’t gone the way of other “transracial” assholes and physically altered her features to appear more Filipino, but the concept remains the same.
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