This project aims to elucidate the conceptions of racial identity, which are conveyed in the academic debate on race, as well as examine which conditions are at play regarding racial transitioning in a contemporary American context. Our research has shown that racial transitioning is a term fathoming all forms of racial change; including transracialism and racial passing. However, our focus lies within the complexities of the racial transition from white to black. Furthermore, this project establishes its empirical data from three philosophical articles that originate from the Hypatia controversy, in which transracialism has been critically debated within feminist academia; arising from Tuvel (2017) who writes in favor of transracialism. In order to deduce which discursive constructions are represented in the academic debate and how racial transitioning challenges contemporary understandings of race in American, a critical discourse analysis is conducted. Moreover, our analysis is based on Fairclough's (1993) three-dimensional model consisting of a textual, discursive- and social practice analysis. In addition to the analysis, we incorporate a sociological historical reading from Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2016), race theory from Goldberg (2009:2015), as well as identity understandings from Stuart Hall (2011). This framework has in turn enabled us to study racial transitioning and its affiliated discourses in the societal context of contemporary understandings of race in America.Based on the analysis, we have identified two main discourses within our empirical data, namely a cultural studies discourse and a postracial discourse. The respective discourses are constituted by underlying discourses, all which attempt to gain definitive power over the principal understandings of race(transitioning) in America. Lastly, it is concluded that within our empirical data conflicting understandings of race occurs, questioning what significance race has for the individual's opportunity for constructing identity.