Can you "disagree" with a person being white?Posted by: briantheliberal
By "white" I mean the racial classification. Can someone disagree with some else's "whiteness"? Just curious. What do you think? How does this work? Seeing as actually being born a white person is not necessarily an idea (even though the concept of race itself is an idea.)
Yes. You can disagree with someone being white.
No. You cannot disagree with someone being white.
Another bologna poll. I disagree with you
I think this depends upon someone's definition of "whiteness". If somebody identifies as white, you can't disagree with that, because that is a personal manifestation of their identity, similar to how you can't deny someone who identifies as gay, straight, trans, pan etc. Now if somebody is arguing that they are biologically Caucasian when in fact they are not biologically Caucasian (for the sake of argument let's assume the person in question is African American in heritage for many, many generations) then I believe you can disagree. Problem is with race the term is interchangeably to talk of not just physical differences but also cultural parts too. An African American can identify as white without disagreement, but this does not mean they suddenly meet the criteria for physical classification as Caucasian were it to be called into question. So I would disagree with their whiteness if they claimed in this respect, but not in the way of identified experience perhaps.
Oh my God Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white!
Disagreements are usually for arguments, statements and actions. One can not just disagree with a person's race.