According to the leaders of the British Universities and Colleges Union, anyone should be able to identify as black regardless of their skin color, background, and other circumstances.
The Universities and Colleges Union has set out its stance in a report on the ongoing row about whether men should be able to self-identify as women and be treated as female regardless of their anatomy.
The UCU’s ‘position statement’ did not just stand by its support for self-identification of gender, but also insisted people can choose their own race, saying: ‘Our rules commit us to ending all forms of discrimination, bigotry and stereotyping. UCU has a long history of enabling members to self-identify whether that is being black, disabled, LGBT+ or women.’The University and College Union is a British trade union furthering higher education and is the biggest union promoting higher learning in the world.
As also stated in Daily Mail’s article, Kathleen Stock (a philosophy professor at Sussex University and UCU member) has deemed the Union’s stance on race as “nonsensical, anti-intellectual propaganda”.
A spokesman for the UCU has confirmed that it’s up to the discretion of individuals to choose if they wish to be identified as black.