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Tuesday , October 25 2016

What Happens When Sex/Race Fluidity Meets Affirmative Action?

I hate to dwell on a subject too long, but recent events involving Bruce (aka Caitlyn) Jenner and now Rachel Dolezal have raised some interesting issues that might well need to be addressed.

First we learn that the sex you were born with can be just a passing phase, and that it really depends on how you feel about yourself that determines what sex you really are, and therefore what sex the rest of the world has to accept you as. That in itself is confusing enough, but now we have to contend with the fact that people can decide for themselves what race they are going to be. I’m just glad Bruce didn’t decide to become a black woman.

Poor White Child

Unfortunately, as I am duty bound to point out, white people actually do have the advantage in this situation because we begin with a neutral color, kinda like painting your living room an off-white to make it easier to decorate. Although I can’t speak about spray tanning from experience, I would suspect it would be harder for a black person to be sprayed lily white (cue “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for theme music) than it would be for a white person to be spray painted brown. Naturally, someone would have to develop the proper shades to pull off Asian and Native American.

Needless to say, all of this is going to play havoc with the whole affirmative action thing. Obviously, if we can be gender and/or racially fluid, and it is discriminatory for anyone to not recognize and celebrate our confused states of minds, certainly it would violate every affirmative action law ever written to deny anyone special privileges based on the sex and/or race they imagine themselves to be on any given day. I suppose we will have to develop some sort of tracking system to determine how many days of each year a person self-identified as one protected minority group or another to determine the applicable federal benefits their employer might be entitled to.

I think I might have to rethink my position on slavery reparations.

About James P Willis

James P Willis lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Cold War submarine veteran, political activist, and retired industrial mechanic. James is currently an Editor / Contributor for NewsNinja2012, a freelance writer, and his blog can be found at

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