A couple of weeks ago, NBC News published an article by Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, a summer intern there, titled “Inside the online world of people who believe they can change their race.” Caption: “Practitioners of ‘race change,’ or RCTA, claim to be able to manifest physical changes in their appearance and even their genetics to actually become a different race.”
It’s a very current story and includes some fascinating details. Here’s how it starts:
Since before she hit double digits, 15-year-old Alisa said she’s felt a special connection to Japan. The high school student, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being doxxed online, was born in Ukraine and lives in Maryland, but now goes by the name Miyuki and hears “subliminals” promising she will wake up and be Japanese. . So far, he believes that by listening to YouTube videos with low-fidelity music and photos of East Asian facial features while he sleeps, his vision has cleared, his eyelids have become smaller, and his hair is a little darker
Practitioners of what they call “race change” or RCTA, claim to be able to manifest physical changes in their appearance and even their genetics to become a different race. They tune into subliminal videos that claim they can give them a “East Asian look” or “Korean DNA“.
Wild things! But I also found it interesting how much effort the article put into making it clear that you really you cannot change your race. It’s such an important point that Tran deployed experts to make it.