Rachel Dolezal is the victim of a lot of hate from a lot of people. Of course you have the stereotypical transphobes who hate all things trans to begin with and immediately took the opportunity to pounce on this new version of trans that they weren’t previously aware of, but you also have ignorant people who claim to support trans rights and yet spit in the face of this woman. For some reason we have fallen into the trap of assuming that there is only “one” type of trans person out there. This is actually not true and if you consider one valid, you should definitely do the same for the other.
There is literally no reason to be unaccepting of a transracial person if we are accepting of a transgender person. Although for some reason it is controversial, biological sex is not something that can ever be changed and yet transgender people perceive themselves as the opposite SEX and have SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY. Therefore they are attempting to alter something that cannot biologically be altered, but this is okay because they cannot help the way they perceive themselves and the only way to feel as though their body matches who they are inside is to change it to appear the way they feel it should appear.
This is the exact same thing that transracial people are doing. They feel as though they were born the wrong race (something that you cannot change biologically) and they decide to transition so that their outward appearance matches how they are inside. A transwoman is a woman and a transracial woman is her preferred race. We as feminists need to stop demonizing people who are transracial because it makes us hypocrites.
It is not acceptable to tell someone who is transracial that they don’t know what it is like to grow up as that race, when a trans woman does not know what it’s like to grow up as a female either because more than likely they were raised to be male before their parents understood how wrong and unfair that was. We need to embrace transracial people the same way we embrace transgender people, it makes no sense any other way. You cannot invalidate a transracial person and then scream and cry when a transgender person is invalidated. You need to open your eyes and embrace both.
Chances are you will never know what it is like to be born as the wrong sex or the wrong race so you have no right to tell these people that their perceptions of themselves is wrong. Sadly even in our own community of feminists there is still a lot of growing that needs to occur. Stay tuned for my next article about the importance of accepting otherkin. Hint, it’s very similar to the reasons aforementioned.