something to honk about
This is a food-for-thought question.
Is race a social construct? Is it okay for people to self-identify as a race that is not represented in their genetics?
The obvious example is the well-known case of Rachel Dolezal, a woman born to white parents, who chose to identify as black and even headed up the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
There has been a lot of focus, in mainstream media lately, on the right of people to identify with a gender other than the one they were born into, or assigned, at birth. This discussion naturally leads us to think about other potential social constructs where people might chose to self-identify, such as race.
Is that a fair comparison? Will self-identification potentially lead to other issues that could threaten equal rights? Should we give people free rein to identify how they choose? How about when they are competing against others, for example, in the job market? What do you think?