Halloween is a unique opportunity for adults to transform themselves into scary monsters, super heroes, movie characters or even sexy playthings. Identifying as something different is not only a fun temporary escape but increasing a way to gain power. Consider the case of white people, mostly women, who decide to identify as a minority. For example, a white assistant professor was just outed for claiming to be Chicana and another white/Jewish professor of African, Caribbean and diaspora history claimed to be black. If minorities are supposed to face racist obstacles and oppression, why do so many whites, including biracial people such as Barack Obama, try to pass as minorities? As states like California are trying to legalize race-based affirmative action in education and corporate boards, there is a greater incentive for people to identify as non-whites. Is it time for more white people to identify as non-white, or a higher intersectionality score, for personal gain and perhaps thwart identity-based preferences?
How about people stop identifying with skin color, and start identifying as human beings? That's my preference. Besides, white people don't need to "act" as a minority. On the world stage they only represent 14% of human population. You tell me who should act like a "minority", and who should not.
"If minorities are supposed to face racist obstacles and oppression, why do so many whites, including biracial people such as Barack Obama, try to pass as minorities? "
Not a choice: Obama could not have passed as white no matter what he, you, or I said.
Also, until biracial people are in the majority, they will, logically, be in the minority.
A question like that just prolongs the presumption that “race” exists among humans. Hey, its a free country, but I don’t consider anyone very smart who asks a question about “whites” or “blacks” or any other skin tone.
Now if you want to talk about culture, that’s different, and really interesting. But for heaven’s sake, stop tacitly agreeing that skin shades have anything to do with anything!
This is a bit off from Halloween costumes but, does anyone remember Rachel Dolezal?
She was a white woman who pretended to be black and was so successful she became an activist and led a chapter of the NAACP. The argument for Dolezal is that if a person with a penis can identify as female and the government will issue a driver’s license and passport to back it up, why can’t someone with white skin decide to be black?
Realistically, there was an outpouring of revulsion for Dolezal’s dishonesty after her fraud was exposed. Why should a white woman accept benefits meant for blacks? Why should she take a job with the NAACP when it should go to a deserving African American.
Ditto for Meghan Markel. I had no idea she identified as black (African American mom) until progressive activists started to claim she was the victim of a “racist” media.
There is an incentive to identify as a minority when seeking a job now. It could be a real mess when everybody starts pulling an Elizabeth Warren scam, claimIng to be American Indian, and not mentioning it’s just 1/1032nd. Will corporations soon have DNA tests along with drug tests?
I truly don't understand some people's opinions on this site. And maybe that means that those people will think I'm nuts for what I'm about to say.
No, I don't think it should be "illegal" to identify as another race. But I do think it is morally wrong for someone to identify as a minority when they aren't one. I think people who do it deliberately (opposed to an honest mistaken understanding of their own heritage) should be called out and they deserve any shame they get over it.
Why would you encourage that kind of deceit? I think people who say it should be encouraged are just being spiteful.
They should be Shunned ... Cast Out ... Made Mockery Of.
Though it is a sad commentary to consider that there is something to gain by pretending to be a “minority” at the expense of disposing of one’s Caucasian Genetics and Background and History.
How far have we denigrated Whites and bent to elevate Others into favor even above Ourselves?
How is it that We have allowed such nonsense to attain some sort of “Moral Highground”?
It should not be asked at all if somebody belongs to some minority. Elizabeth Warren did this, it turns out that she is no more native American than Donald Trump is, because she is stupid enough to publish a genetic survey of herself. Her act was illegal, but Democrats don't care. No institution or employer should be allowed to ask about minority status and give bonus points to certain answers.
This philosophical rambling about the meaninglessness of life, And the supremacy of the ego, strokes the withers of the sophisticated fool, desperately trying to hide the insecurity within.
Looking down upon the masses, rather than up at the superiority of those who truly are, masks the inalienable certainty of ones own smallness.
Mortality threatens those who have not been chosen for immortality. They compensate with a veneer of intellectual vanity because it hurts less than truth.