This Makes Me Cross

Whilst I do not understand the Rachel Dolezal thing at all, I’m finding myself very annoyed by this article in The Guardian by a transgender black woman that says (paraphrased) that you can’t identify as black if you’re not black because you don’t have the lived experience of growing up as black, and that race is a social construct whereas gender is real.

Because what she’s saying is that there is a cultural experience of being born black, but there is no cultural experience of being born a woman. And that if you have fixed expectations about what “a black person” must be like then you’re racist, but if you have fixed expectations of what “a woman” is like, you’re just stating a fact. Which makes me cross.

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