In Defense of Transracialism

  title={In Defense of Transracialism},
  author={Rebecca Tuvel},
  pages={263 - 278}
Former NAACP chapter head Rachel Dolezal's attempted transition from the white to the black race occasioned heated controversy. Her story gained notoriety at the same time that Caitlyn Jenner* graced the cover of Vanity Fair, signaling a growing acceptance of transgender identity. Yet criticisms of Dolezal for misrepresenting her birth race indicate a widespread social perception that it is neither possible nor acceptable to change one's race in the way it might be to change one's sex… 

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  • P. Msimang
  • Art
    Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy
  • 2019
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  • T. Bettcher
  • Art
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 2014
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