White Guy Says He’s Actually Filipino Because He’s Transracial
“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin”
“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin. I’d watch the History Channel sometimes for hours… nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.” These are the words of Ja Du, a white man named who claims he’s actually not white, but rather Filipino.
Ja Du says he’s “transracial,” a term that was originally meant for parents who adopt a baby that is of a different ethnicity than their own. Ja Du—born a white man named Adam—subscribes to an updated, nonsensical definition: Someone who was born as one race but identifies with another.
At the risk of sounding rude or insensitive, this seems like some crazy bullshit. You don’t get to be born one ethnicity, fall in love with some foreign cuisine and thus claim that ethnicity. Simply put, when it comes to ethnicity, you’re born what you’re born.
This curious bit of insignificant news recalls another self-proclaimed “transracial” person, Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP. Dolezal made headlines in 2015, when an episode of Dr. Phil’s surprisingly still-around TV show revealed that she’s been a fraud for a significant portion of her life. Rachel, born a white woman, was going through some painstaking efforts to give off the impression that she’s black. Of course, Donald Glover poked fun at that situation in an extended gag on the first season of his show, Atlanta:
Not everyone however agrees that Ja Du is out of pocket.