The entire discussion is a dangerous one because it shows the incentivization of victimhood. If members of the “privileged majority” choose to pass themselves off as members of the “oppressed minority”, then doesn’t that imply the roles have been reversed?
If you thought that political correctness was insane in the United States, take a long plane trip over to Melbourne, Australia, where Andrew Bolt, a columnist at the Herald Sun, has been sanctioned by a judge of the Federal Court of Australia for “insulting, humiliating and offending” that group known as “fair-skinned Aboriginal people”.
Who might you wonder are these “fair-skinned Aboriginal people”? They are said to come from the Hiberian isle, the plains of Alba, the cities of Albion, the Teutonic forests and even the Hebraic tribes. They boast many fascinating arts and crafts, such as writing dissertations on the structural thematics of metaphor in aboriginal music and receiving aboriginal scholarships to compensate for all the suffering inflicted upon them by the European settlers.
The Federal Court decision creates a new protected class of people, “fair-skinned aboriginals”, which is to say white people pretending to be black people are now protected by anti-discrimination laws from pesky newspaper columnists pointing out that they happen to have blond hair, German last names and no amount of kitschy native clothing and beads will change that.
As the decision put it: “The members of the group referred to are fair skinned Aboriginal persons who, by a combination of descent, self-identification and communal recognition are, and are recognised as, Aboriginal persons.” Which is a complex way of saying, “aim for the stars, push all the limits and if you want to be an Aborigine, there’s nothing stopping you so long as you can claim a great-grandsire or dam who might have been aboriginal or just really tan.”