Racial identity disorder is real, says leading psychologist
Boston, MA Racial identity disorder – otherwise known as racial dysphoria – is a real and valid condition affecting millions of Americans and it is time that it is acknowledged as such, a leading psychologist and expert on racial identity issues has claimed.
Dr. Jeremiah Brockyard, a professor of psychology and sociology at Harvard University, made the bold statement in an article he wrote for the Monitor On Psychology, the American Psychological Association’s monthly publication.
According to Brockyard, at least one in ten Americans is afflicted with the condition or transracialized, and most choose to suffer in silence because they are afraid of becoming the laughing stock of their respective communities.
“These people genuinely believe in their heart of hearts that they were born with the wrong skin color, but they’re afraid to admit it to anyone because most people think it’s a ridiculous idea,” said Brockyard.
Brockyard cites Michael Jackson as an example, saying that the deceased pop superstar was clearly transracialized and took very visible steps to confront his condition, but was publicly derided and misjudged as being ashamed of his racial background.
“Mr. Jackson died without being able to live out his life freely as his true white self, and that is just an unfortunate situation,” said Brockyard.
Brockyard is afraid history is on the verge of repeating with black civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal who is presently mired in controversy following revelations of her white ancestry after years of presenting herself as black. Dolezal is the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington.
“Rather than getting acceptance and understanding, transracialized people are often bullied and ridiculed the way Michael Jackson was and now Rachel Dolezal is,” said Brockyard. “We need to do something to stop this cycle and help transracialized people live their true lives.”
Twenty years ago, most people balked at the idea that people could be born with the wrong gender, but now it’s generally acceptable. Brockyard hopes acceptance of transracialized people would come sooner rather than later.
“Caitlyn Jenner shone a light on gender dysphoria and brought hope for millions of transgendered people, here’s hoping that Rachel Dolezal can do the same for transracialized people,” Brockyard added.