Florida man Ja Du is white, but says he identifies as Filipino.
According to Ja Du he's part of a growing group who identifies as "transracial."
Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.
Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino. Turns out the purple ride he drives around in is called a Tuk Tuk, an Asian-derived vehicle used for public transit in the Philippines he says.
Ja Du is part of a small, but growing community of people who considers themselves transracial. It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.
Sound weird? Not to them. Ja Du says he grew up enjoying Filipino food, events and the overall culture.
“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” he said. “I’d watch the history channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”
The left has been quick to embrace the choice to be transgender, yet seems to completely shun the choice to be transracial.
Rachel Dolezal, a white woman living in Washington state, came under intense scrutiny when she revealed she is transracial. For years, Dolezal fooled people into thinking she was a black woman. She tanned her skin, permed her hair, and even led the NAACP Spokane chapter as the group's president.
Dolezal and others who identify as transracial are frequently accused of "appropriating" culture by the left.
Why is it appropriation when a person wants to live as a different race, but completely acceptable when a person wants to live as a different gender?
In some ways, it actually makes more sense to identify with other races than it does to identify with other genders as race is closely related to culture. It's easy for many people to enjoy, and identify with, cultural foods and practices that are typically associated with specific ethnic groups.
Mainstream pundits have yet to weight in on Ja Du. But he's in for treatment that's anything like what Dolezal endured, he better buckle up for a bumpy ride.