The growing number of biracial Americans could, in theory, lead to a less prejudiced society. But new research suggests that these Americans aren’t so much shattering stereotypes as finding themselves pigeonholed with new ones.
“A lot of stereotypes of black-white biracial people were completely different from the ones people have about white people and black people,” reports Northwestern University psychologist Sylvia Perry, who authored the study with fellow researchers Allison Skinner and Sarah Gaither.
“This suggests that people might actually think of biracial people as their own racial group, rather than just a combination of their parents’ racial groups.”
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