In lament terms Racial Fluidity is choosing the race you most identify with. I read an article on the CNN mobile app today which lead me to do a segment on my podcast about it. But throughout the day I was still thinking about this topic. I am well aware that there are many people who identifies with a particular race one of the biggest known cases in my time is Rachel Dolezal, a former NAACP official . She was born white but now lives her life as black. She chose her own racial identity despite what it may show on her birth certificate.
I am one of those people who wants others to live there life how they want to. So I am not against racial fluidity. Myself I am happy in my skin being that many cultures run through my blood. My blood lines are a melting pot within itself but society recognizes me mainly as African-American women. I know there is some Cuban and French descent on my father side with some West Indian, Seminole and German on my mother side. May be a few pinches of some other ethnicities thrown in the mix. Overall I am proud and confident in my melanin.
Not to take way from those who are racial fluid with my inner confidence. Some people just relate to another race or a culture better than the one they are born in. That is completely fine am not here to judge on the matter. I known a few people personally who falls in that category. Even Lil Kim the rapper stated she feels like an Hispanic woman versus the African-American woman she was born as.
The main subject in the article stated that Racial Fluidity will end Racism. This is the link to the article https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/02/us/racial-fluidity/index.html. I would love for Racism to end but just because race is becoming more fluid like gender doesn’t necessarily means that it will end this history long issue. I think Racial fluidity will be socially accepted more amongst biracial people. Now if you was born one race and one day decide you feel better as another race that may not go over so well with the society we live in.
What I deem may happen is most subjects in that scenario will get tossed in that cultural appropriation box. What is cultural appropriation ? Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is seen by some as controversial, notably when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority; this is seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights.
Racial Fluidity is becoming quite common. There are a lot of factors being thrown at society with biracial relationships, transracial adoption etc. This will challenge racism and everything it was built on. Will it end racism is still a question I can’t answer. But I would love the idea of racism no longer existing but I am happy knowing that the minority will be the majority sooner than later.