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surprised girl Glossary Of 'Mixed-Race' Terminology 02

Please note most of these terms are derogatory and though they have been used by academics to describe those who are of mixed-racial heritage Intermix do not condone their use. This list is a record of terms that have been used to enable readers to recognize the meanings and so counteract their misuse.

Eurasian - refers to people of Asian and white European heritage.’ (Root 1996: x)

– a derogatory term meaning: a mulatto; a person having one Black and one mulatto parent.

Griferia – a derogatory term meaning: Negroes.

Grifo – a derogatory term meaning: a. curly, kinky hair b. coloured person, Negro

– a derogatory term meaning: a person of mixed descent.

Half-breed – a derogatory term meaning: a person with parents from different races; esp. (North American) with White and Black parents or with White and American Indian parents.

Half-caste – a derogatory term meaning: a person of mixed-race.

Hapa haole (hapa) - a term derived from the Hawaiian language. Although it was originally used to designate someone who was partially a stranger or outsider – Hawaiian mixed with other national and racial heritage – today it designates someone of Asian or Pacific Island origin mixed with European heritage. (Root 1996: x).

Hybrid - 1. a person of mixed descent or mixed ancestry 2. an animal or plant that has parents of different species or varieties.

Hypodescent – a derogatory term meaning: refers to a social system that maintains the fiction of monoracial identification of individuals by assigning a racially mixed person to the racial group in their heritage that has the least social status. (Root 1996: x)

Intermarry - a. (of national, religious, etc. groups) to marry people from a different group b. to marry someone with one’s own family or group

Interracial - existing between or involving different races such as an interracial marriage.






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