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The thing with ‘transethnic’ people. There is white people being oppressive and pretending to be of another race so that they get to act like they somehow don’t have all the privileges of being white. But there’s another problem too.
There are actually people who have a legitimate claim to their culture/ heritage/ nationality and are denied it. The Burmese Muslims in Burma, denied their heritage as Burmese, driven out from their homes, called illegal despite having lived in a place for many generations. The Palestinians, denied their home. The Roma, thrown into a racial stereotypical image of ‘gypsy’ and denied their true culture even as they are persecuted for it. There’s more I can add to the list.
This is not a game. Oppression isn’t something selfish, self centered, uncaring white kids with internet access and nothing good to do have to endure. ‘Transethnic’ is a mockery of the oppression of real people with a real culture that they are denied go through. We DIE for trying to reclaim our identity. Do you hear me? People DIE because of racism. You, white person, will never suffer that, will never have to be afraid of that. You do not have a right to the culture of which you are not. The end.
I may not be "transethnic" or "transfat" but ...
I realize … That … I am not born as i’m supposed to .
I realize that , inside of me , I am someone else .
It took me a while ,
Several years , to be fair , to point out what was wrong with me , and put words on what I really am .
So today , I am proud to say …
I am Transrich .
I am poor , but I feel like I am ballin in the insiiiiide .
Transethnic, it is an actual thing.
Not in the sense that it has come to mean on tumblr.
If you are talking real transeithnic people, it exists in cases of adoption where the child is of another ethnicity than their adopted parents..This can really create a complicated space for identity.
hi, i’m Jo. i’m 19 years old living in Wisconsin. i’m a transethnic, transfat, transabled otherkin. i’m also autistic, bipolar, and clinically depressed. don’t tell me that my identity is not valid just because i appear to be a cisethnic, cisgendered, able-bodied white male. you don’t know the type of oppression i face as an obese Korean tabby cat with only three legs.
- I don’t have to deal with people questioning whether or not I’m “pretending” to have racial dysphoria
- I can say the n-word without black people looking at my white skin, assuming my inner race matches my race presentation, and kicking my ass
- I’m not excluded by phrases like “people of color” that imply that race is solely a visual phenomenon
gender is a sense of self, a reaction to how you feel in your heart. gender is fluid because it’s possible to have a change of heart in how you feel about yourself. ethnicity, however, is a culture and a historical context. ethnicity is something you are born into, because you can’t just adopt a new historical context.
OK transethnic people, we need to talk
One reason why transethnic tumblr assholes are assholes, besides from the fact that transethnicity, in the whole appropriated-by-white-people-to-express-their-feefees-that-they-ain’t-oppressed form and not the adopted across ethnic lines form, is the fact that pretty much every discussion of transethnicity is defended via the appropriation of the struggle of trans* people.
Literally, every transethnic person I’ve seen on tumblr has defended their “identity” by drawing parallels to trans* struggles and implying that those who speak out against transethnicity, or cisracism as them kids be calling it now a days, is on par with cissexism.
It’s not only an extremely asshole move to appropriate the struggle of trans* people, but also it’s quite a dangerous form of rhetoric because it trivializes the struggles of trans* people by comparing it to your privileged snow-white ass trying to pretend you’re oppressed when cissexism is a real societal oppression.
Fuck ya’ll transethnic people. Fuck. ya’ll.