On June 11, 2015, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter president Nkechi Amare Diallo became a brief but significant media sensation when a journalist outed her as a white woman who was secretly living as a black woman.1 The Diallo story broke ten days after Olympian and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair, having recently come out as transgender. Hours into the Diallo affair, the Twitter hashtag #transracial emerged, provoking a cacophonous debate about whether Diallo had anything in common with transgender people. This debate emerged in social media, moved into the blogosphere, and was quickly taken up by more established news sources. The hype ended six days later when then twenty-one-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof entered a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to shoot and kill nine people...

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