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Transgender debate brings out Walter Williams' inner animal

Last year, I declared myself a springbok trapped in a human body. A springbok is a highly agile individual who is among the "least concern" species and resides in the southeastern part of the African continent. With such a declaration, some people will suggest that I am suffering from a condition known as species dysphoria, in which one thinks he is a wild animal trapped in a human body. Species dysphoria is similar to gender dysphoria, a condition in which a person believes he is a woman trapped in a male body or a man trapped in a female body.

Many people will argue that I am in need of psychological counseling. I'd dismiss such a suggestion as animalphobia. You might ask, "Williams, why in the world would you want to call yourself a springbok?" The reason is simple. There is nothing in the Internal Revenue Code that says springboks have a federal tax obligation. If government officials were to demand taxes, I would ask the U.S. Department of Justice to intercede, plus they would be reported to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Just as people are not bound by sex, they are not bound by race. Last year, Rachel Dolezal made national headlines. Both of her parents are white, but for eight years, Dolezal claimed that she was black. As a result of her deception, she became president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP and an instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University. In Dolezal's eyes, just as in the eyes of transgender people, the reality of DNA is not only irrelevant but also oppressive. Those who believe otherwise are seen as racist, homophobic or both.

Dolezal is not the only white woman who has benefited from racial fakery.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, sometimes called "Pocahontas," claimed that she was of Cherokee Indian ancestry. That helped her land a job at diversity-hungry Harvard University as a professor of law.

She described herself as a minority in the Harvard Law School directory.

Not only was her great-grandfather not a Cherokee as she claimed but he was a white man who boasted of shooting a Cherokee.

The irrelevancy of DNA and being able to say what you are can lead to income-earning opportunities heretofore nonexistent. For example, the men's fastest 100-meter speed is 9.58 seconds.

The women's record is 10.49. What about weaker male runners claiming womanhood and running in the women's event and winning the gold? Greater opportunities for fame and fortune exist in women's basketball.

It would only take a few tall men who claim they are women to dominate.

Some of the readers of my column are truly concerned and kind. One reader, upon reading last year's column in which I claimed to be a springbok, warned, "Watch out for lions!"

Write to Walter E. Williams, a professor of economics, at Department of Economics, MSN 3G4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 or wwilliam @gmu.edu

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