The Myth Of Transracialism By Rebecca Tuvel

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“The myth of Transracialism”
Rebecca Tuvel presents her argument that considerations that support transgenderism extend to transracialism, given the parity Tuvel says, “Since we should accept transgender individuals…we should accept transracialism.” Tuvel concludes, that if some individuals genuinely feel like or identity as members of a race other than the one assigned at birth—so strongly to the point of seeking transition to the other race—we should accept their transition. In the hopes of providing a balanced discussion, Tuvel explores four possible objections to the idea of transracialism. I will argue in opposition to Tuvel’s view that transgenderism is comparable with transracialism.
Rejecting and debunking Charles Mills’ definition
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Many people only recognize one race, the human race. What people who make that statement are trying to communicate is that they reject scientific racism and they want people to be looked at and treated equally. I believe that they resort to this simplistic idea because they haven’t adequately research and looked into the biological factors that go into defining race. The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, in 1996 defined race as “Biological differences between human beings reflect both hereditary factors and the influence of natural and social environments” (American Journal of Physical Anthropology). This is a clearer definition of what I classify as race. Race is not homo sapiens vs other but genetic diversity and groupings within the human race. Genetics affects race in several different factors. The amount of melanin causes a person to look black or white, “Melanin is a complex polymer derived from the amino acid tyrosine. Melanin is responsible for determining skin and hair color and is present in the skin to varying degrees; depending on how much a population has been exposed to the sun historically.” (Mandal) According to the U.S government’s genetic reference website, “Eye color is determined by variations in a person’s genes.” This site also states, “The MC1R gene provides instructions for making a protein called the melanocortin 1 receptor. This receptor plays an important role in normal pigmentation. “Melanocytes make two forms of melanin, eumelanin and pheomelanin. The relative amounts of these two pigments help determine the color of a person's hair and skin.” These statements are just briefly showing the evidence that there is a genetic basis for grouping someone based on what I define as race or

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