Who gets to decide your identity?

December 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

You or others?

My identity, my business, my decision. At a more profound level, no one other than the individual has a “dog in the fight”. What I call myself effects you [either individually or as a group] not at all.

Race isn’t a physical fact but a socially constructed “fact”. Agree it can have dire real world consequences.

I’d be a “Jeffersonian” on this point by flipping this thought around a bit.

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

But it does no injury to  my neighbor for Rachel to say she is black. It neither picks their pocket nor breaks their leg.

Is someone’s identity an “electoral” decision allowing for vote by disinterested parties?

“Complicated this is.” –Yoda

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