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Friday, February 26, 2016 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Rebecca Tuvel
Department of Philosophy
Rhodes College

A Defense of Transracialism

In this paper, I take up the case of former NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) chapter head Rachel Dolezal and her attempted transition from a white to black racial identity. This case gained popularity at the same time that Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner graced the cover of Vanity Fair, signaling a growing acceptance of transgender identity. Yet criticisms of Dolezal for misrepresenting her true race indicate a widespread social perception that it is neither possible nor permissible to change one’s race the way it might be to change one’s sex. Against this view, I suggest that the considerations that render transgenderism acceptable apply to transracialism.

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HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Room 373
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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