When philosopher Rebecca Tuvel asked if racial identity could be as fluid as gender, she unleashed a storm of controversy and anger. Instead of shutting her down, we should listen and debate.
In the US and South Africa, "passing" as another race has a long and painful history. Controversial American Rachel Dolezal's "passing" to justify her identity makes a mockery of such histories.
To understand the full context of Rachel Dolezal's 'transracialism' it pays to look at the history of race and slavery.
Rachel Dolezal isn't the only one who experiences a transition in racial categories, but what are the implications of inconsistent racial identifications on mental health?
Do academics need to change the way they teach race? What is the impact of students having been socialized to believe that "race doesn't matter"?