I would be remiss not to bring up the Rachel Dolezal story that's EVERYWHERE today, especially since I do write a lot about racial stories.
In a totally nuts-shell, Dolezal is a civil rights activist, professor of Africana and NAACP chapter head who is apparently a white woman (as purely white as any white person is), yet for many years has pretended to be biracial. More specifically, she has represented herself as white, Native American and black, and went so far as to claim a black man in a photo with her was her father.
The story came to light when her real parents, white folks, went public, possibly due to bad blood or a lawsuit, though their motives hardly matter.
Twitter is having fun with the word transracial, which is an insidious effort to mock transgender people (who seriously don't get made fun of enough), but there is no comparison between what Dolezal did and who trans people are.
There is nothing wrong with a white person feeling close to black culture or presenting themselves in ways that are traditionally black (hairstyles, etc.). But if you think there's nothing wrong with a white person pretending to be black and aggressively altering her appearance to keep the con going, you would probably benefit from listening to what one presumes were fiery lectures on cultural appropriation that Dolezal herself gave over the years.
It's fraudulent and disrespectful. One wonders what her mental state is to perpetrate something so brass-ballsy knowing full well she would never, ever go through life without being exposed.
That said, I do find it fascinating how Americans are so obsessed with the concept of authenticity that someone doing something gross and stupid (but ultimately harmless in the grand scheme of things) like this becomes the #1 news story of the month. Everyone on Twitter has had a go at her. I'm not defending her or saying what she did was no big deal, but it's not exactly ISIS territory.
I'd love to hear what she eventually has to say, though again, I feel like there is a mental lapse there.
UPDATE: Oh, she's digging in. Nutty.