Today we explore a scarcely recognized group of individuals who have faced greater persecution than gays, transsexuals, and African Americans combined. They are victims of a world that refuses to reconize their preferred self image. However, unlike the transgendered, they have recieved zero support from the leftwing media.
“Transracial” is the accepted term for the individuals this piece covers. A person who is transracial does not identify with the race they were born as, instead resonating strongly with a different racial or cultural identity. They claim it is unjust for society to label them by the color of their skin and not how they present themselves in everyday life.
For this piece I sat down with a gentleman who identified as a transracial African American. By all outward appearances he appeared to be a Caucasian male in his mid to late 30s. However, he claims that for all intents and purposes he is a proud Nubian warrior, who has fully embraced his adopted culture.
Born Thomas Jenkins to a suburban middle class family, he now chooses to go by the name “Tyrone Jeremiah” and lives his life as a man of color. Tyrone claims that he faces daily persecution from society based on his life style. Errands as simple as going to the corner store are almost always a confrontational ordeal; One that can sometimes end in violence…
Nothing In Modern Day America Is More Important Than Feelings
Tyrone had your average American upbringing. He never suffered physical or sexual abuse from his maternal white parents. His father was a plumber who brought home a decent wage. His mother was a supervisor at the DMV. Nothing about Tyrone’s childhood seems to be particularly out of the ordinary.
“I never felt like I belonged, know what I’m sayin’? My parents were good to me, for sure. I love my folks. But it was just like, I don’t know… It was like their traditions weren’t my own. Then one day I was out with some friends, driving around ‘n sh*t. We were all still in high school at the time. Lookin’ for chicks, an all that. My buddy Pete puts in this album he just bought. It was Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’. From that first cut I was hooked. So many pieces fell into place in my head. My alienation. Why I could never connect with my white parents… It was because was an African American trapped in a white man’s body.”
Tyrone accentuates his “black” appearance with a wardrobe filled with FUBU brand products and cosmetically darkening his skin tone. He looks like your average appreciator of hip hop culture but with a face painted in a dark brown hue with bright red lipstick outlining his mouth in a comical frown.
“At The End Of The Day I’m Just Like Any Other Black Guy…” Tyrone Jeremiah-
Some people are accusing Tyrone of being racist, pointing out that he’s doing little more than wearing offensive black face. Tyrone tells National Report this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“When I go out in my makeup people are always yelling obscenities at me, right. They call me a bigot, a wigger, they ask if I’m joking or just trying to start a fight. I’ve been threatened. I’ve been attacked in public places where others just stood by and watched. I’ve been refused service at restaurants.”
“I’ve encountered persecution equal to or greater than that of the LGBTQ community and my story seems to garner no sympathy from the same media that promotes Caitlyn Jenner. I’m accused of racism because of how I choose to present myself. Because of the makeup I wear to feel more comfortable in my skin? African American’s aren’t shunned for using skin lightening treatments. No one calls transsexuals misogynists for wearing lipstick and eyeliner. Why is my story so different?
Tyrone says he plans to continue fighting for transracial rights and that more and more individuals are contacting him every day, coming forward with their own their transracial issues. Tyrone has organized an online petition to fight for the rights of those who identify as transracial. He hopes that someday attacks on transracial individuals wearing black face or any other trinkets of their adopted culture will be punishable as a hate crime.
Tyrone’s parting words were: Black face is not a hate crime or a racist statement. It’s how I feel most comfortable. This is how I feel on the inside and it’s my right as a human being to represent that externally. At the end of the day I’m just like any other black guy.
Jane M. Agni (2015, June 15)
Originally Published On National Report