What Does RCTA Mean? A Controversial Acronym That’s Trending on TikTok

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The idea that TikTok is a remarkably intricate and extensive platform is not novel. TikTok has you covered if you’re into strange viral food trends (like butter boards and pesto eggs). You might also enjoy unconventional beauty (illuminating rainbow undereyes) or low-cost DIY apartment decorating (temporary peel-and-stick tiling).

Other specialized subgroups of TikTok have a tendency to annoy people, even though these genres are free of controversy (yet every nook and cranny of the short-form content platform creates some sort of drama).

Here’s where the hashtag and abbreviation RCTA come into play. It has received over 5.8 million views as a TikTok hashtag, yet the bulk of people are probably not familiar with it. What does it therefore stand for? We’re here to analyze everything that has to do with the divisive acronym.

On TikTok, what does RCTA stand for?

“Race change to another” is what RCTA stands for, according to TikTok user @kyamewa. The abbreviation ECTA means “ethnicity shift to another.” Her video has around 30,000 views as of this writing.

@kyamewa said, “In essence, this has the same concept as being transracial. However, because they “attempt” to learn more about the inner culture and the languages, these RCTA people think they are more “educated” than [transracial-identifying persons], which still isn’t a good thing.

She continued by saying that she was born in Korea and moved to Canada in the fourth grade. She was bullied because her peers mistakenly believed she couldn’t speak English and perceived her as unusual. (Ugh, kids can be cruel.)

@kyamewa sorry for the messy video but this had to be addressed; please suggest anything in the comments that should be addressed more related to this topic #rcta #ecta #subliminal #rctacommunity #ethnicitychangetoanother #racechangetoanother ♬ dumb dumb – mazie

Because RCTA-identifying individuals “don’t know the experience of other minorities” and are frequently drawn to the “pop culture” of a certain race or ethnicity, she thinks the RCTA subculture is damaging. For instance, many (but not all) individuals who identify as RCTA are K-pop aficionados.

The acronym has made people think of people like Rachel Dolezal, a former university professor, and Oli London, a singer and internet sensation from the United Kingdom. Oli and Rachel were both born white.

According to Fox News Digital, Oli London “underwent 32 different operations over eight years to look Korean,” and even utilizes the neopronouns “KOR/EAN.” Oli deliberately tried to resemble Jimin, a member of BTS, who was his idol.

In contrast, Rachel Dolezal led the world to believe she was a Black lady from the moment of her birth until her white biological parents revealed her identity in 2015. Her tale gained widespread attention and served as the basis for the film The Rachel Divide by Laura Brownson.

According to rumors, @fr0sty bears of TikTok invented the RCTA.

Members of this underground community, unlike Oli London, don’t frequently get cosmetic surgery. Contrarily, some who identify as RCTA think it is possible to alter their DNA through “subliminals” and “manifesting,” and they ostensibly have no malice in mind. They even think it’s possible to change your past, where you were born, and your ancestors.

These folks frequently consider RCTAs to be “respectful,” but transracial identifiers to be troublesome “fetishists.”

Many TikToks claim that following some form of trauma, people frequently seek out the RCTA group in the hopes that a new identity will make their sorrow go away.

Naturally, @kyamewa of TikTok is one of many users who find the RCTA community to be offensive, illiterate, and even racist. (Seeing RCTA TikTok videos offering Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese “beginning packs” is pretty startling.)

It’s undoubtedly a contentious subject, but in the vast TikTok sea, it’s barely made a dent.

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