Rhode Island college offers 'Transracial Bodies' course
- The Rhode Island School of Design is offering a course this fall exploring “racial identification as a process that is always transracial.”
- According to the course description, the "transgender presence" has gained wide acceptance, but "one’s racial self remains tethered to biology."
A Rhode Island college will offer a fall course exploring “racial identification as a process that is always transracial.”
The course, titled “Transracial Bodies, Transracial Selves,” will be offered to students at the Rhode Island School of Design who wish to “understand our bodies in radically unbounded ways.”
“Technological advances in surgery, hormonal therapy, psychiatry, [and] cultural warfare are catching up to the transgender presence: the gendered body is not necessarily that with which we were born, but one that can be crafted to match the real body of our psyche, our dreams,” a course description states before going on to bemoan the fact that “one’s racial self remains tethered to biology.
“Blackness, Whiteness, Asianness, Latinness, the whole rainbow of racial identification, is still construed as biologically inescapable and inevitable,” the description adds, noting that the often negative reaction to “transracialism” is “contrary to the everyday experience that actually finds racial identification as a process that is always transracial.”
“Declaring ourselves racially, we all cross restricted zones in becoming ourselves,” the description concludes. “In this course, we will use the discourse of transgenderism to build an alternate vocabulary of race.”
Campus Reform reached out to multiple officials at the college for further elaboration, but none responded in time for publication.
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