Or, can a white guy change his skin?
TAMPA, Fla. — Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino.
He even drives what he calls a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines.
Ja Du is part of a small but growing number of people who call themselves transracial. The term once referred only to someone (or a couple) of a one race adopting a child of another, but now it’s becoming associated with someone born of one race who identifies with another.
As of today, people who ‘identify’ as another race still meet incredulity and a little mockery: no sane person considers Rachel Dolezal or Shawn King to actually be black.
And yet, it is difficult to muster an argument that denies Ja Du can become Filipino that does not also deny that Ja Du, who is considering ‘transitioning’, can become a woman. Once he announces that he is now a she, one could be met with howls of outrage for “misgendering” him. Wherein lies the difference?
I suspect it’s just a matter of time before we are expected to pretend that those who identify as another race are actually of that race, for the ‘logic’ displayed by the psychologist in the article is far too prevalent:
“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,” [Tampa-based psychologist Stacey Schreckner ] said. “The more knowledge you have of yourself, the happier you can be…”
Beneath her felonious assault against grammar, her argument essentially comes down to, “you are who you feel yourself to be.” No PhD in Social Justice could say it better. If you feel yourself to be a woman, you are a woman and everyone else is required to agree with you.
Therefore, if you feel yourself to be Filipino, you are Filipino.
Therefore, if you feel yourself to be Michael Jordan, you are 7’ tall, rich, and can sink 30’ jumpers all day long.
While it’s obvious that the white guy formerly known as Adam is a sufferer of mental illness, transsexualism and transracialism and transspecieism and trans-everything are not ultimately a matter of mental illness. They are ultimately a matter of truth.
Either truth is objective – meaning that something is true whether we believe it or not, like it or not, or understand it or not – or there is no such thing as a woman or a Filipino or even a human, just ephemeral social constructs into which our passing feelings place us in each moment.
And while it’s important to push back against the imposition of mental illness on our culture, it is critical that we stand for the truth. Or in our case, the Truth.
God created us male and female; we are each the sex we are regardless of how we feel about it. In Heaven, we will remain of obviously different races (Rev 7:9). We are eternally racially and sexually profiled, by God himself. These things about us are true, whether we like them or not.
* I would opine that one who accuses you of misgendering him is usually misgendering himself. Other cases are honest mistakes resulting from too much soy in the modern diet.