November 20, 2017

'I'm a Filipino' says white transracial man (who also wants gender change)

14 November 2017, 01:19 | Elsie Buchanan

'Transracial' Florida man born white claims he is actually Filipino as he embraces the food, music and even drives a Tuk Tuk

Whenever I'm around the music around the food I feel like I'm in my own skin''Ja Du said to WTSP he

Ja Du is transracial, meaning that he was born as a member of one race but identifies with a different one.

A man in Florida who was born white now identifies as Filipino as part of a reportedly growing "transracial" community.

The revision concedes Ja Du has him worrying how others will react to him living as a Filipino man, while insisting he wants people to understand he's honest.

Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.

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"I'd watch the history channel sometimes for hours. whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but. things about Filipino culture", he told WTSP in Tampa. However, it is worth noting that Filipino is an ethnicity, not a race, so claiming that you're transracial just because you identify as Filipino is a big nonsense. He told news station WTSP that he feels most comfortable when surrounded by Filipino culture, which he grew up enjoying.

Scheckner added to WTSP that detractors should be more understanding: "I think before we get offended, we need to take a step back and think about what is the harm".

Ja Du isn't the first to come out publicly as transracial.

Is Ja Du doing this for personal gain?

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Rachel Dolezal was an infamous case in the transracial discussion as of late. The term started picking up steam after Rachel Dolezal stepped down from her position leading a local branch of the NAACP after it was revealed in 2015 that her parents are white, reports USA Today. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view'. Even if it means now driving a purple vehicle....while not necessarily having to live through the racism, discrimination, a typical Filipino individual or any other minority has had to weather all their life.

"Ja Du says he has yet to come out to his family as Filipino, because he's anxious they'll laugh at him".

In addition to identifying as a Filipino, Ja Du also says he's transgender - which can be defined as "a desire to assume the physical characteristics and gender role of the opposite sex".

White people, come get your boy.

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Although Ja Du can't change the way he presents outwardly, he's embraced all aspects of his identity as it relates to the way he lives his life.

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