Multiracial Malaise: Multiracial as a Legal Racial Category
11 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2018 Last revised: 2 Oct 2018
Date Written: April 2, 2018
One byproduct of increased interracial marriages post Loving is a growing number of multiracial children. This cohort of multiracials tends to overshadow older and larger generations of multiracial people whose genealogical mixture is more distant. Some interracial couples, their multiracial children and others support a multiracial category on the U.S. Census. Proponents argued that multiracial individuals experience a unique type of discrimination that warrants treating them as a separate racial category. This article concedes that multiracial individuals should enjoy the freedom to self-identify as they wish, and like others, be protected by anti-discrimination law. It concludes, however, that current arguments for a multiracial legal category are unpersuasive.
Keywords: multiracial, census, interracial, OMB statistical directive 15, racialization process
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