racial dysphoria


Note: This post is partly tongue-in-cheek, partly serious. 

Racial dysphoria is the condition where your racial identity does not match your assigned race at birth. In the US there are more than 33,000 new cases each year.

Rachel Dolezal argued she was “transracial”. Court records, though, show that she considered herself White. Being born White and considering yourself White is not a case of racial dysphoria. The same goes for blackface entertainers and the rest.

What it is like: Two excellent examples of what racial dysphoria is like:

  • “Black Like Me” (1961) by John Howard Griffin. He was a White man who lived as a Black man for six weeks in…

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