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SOCW 6051 Assignment Multiracial Discrimination
Running head: MULTIRACIAL DISCRIMINATION 1
MULTIRACIAL DISCRIMINATION 2
Discrimination comes in many forms but with the growing population of multiracial
citizens, a new type of discrimination has emerged. Discrimination has a negative impact on the
lives of the people who are discriminated against. For the multiracial person, discrimination is
harmful to their identity and can result in social isolation. As a society becomes more diverse and
there is a greater mixing of the races, the multiracial population grows. Making the distinction
between the two races of the multiracial person can be harmful and lead to unfair stereotypes.
This distinction relates to social work because it is a role of the social worker to work towards
Impact of Discrimination on Individuals of Multiracial Backgrounds
In the past, it was illegal for interracial couples to marry and interracial children where
not acknowledge by the U.S. Census (Stetson, 1990). Instead the multi-racial person was forced
to select one race. In recent years, the number of multiracial children has grown. Multiracial
people are discriminated against and are subject to macroaggressions (Jackson et al., 2012).
Society believes the multiracial person should identify with one specific race. The multiracial
distinction is not a new phenomenon in America and has been enforced by law. Historically
multiracial relationships have been rejected by society. This rejection creates social isolation for
the multiracial and forces them to choose one identify or the other.
For the multiracial person, identify is shaped largely by the reflected appraisals or
through how other people view them (Jackson et al., 2012). When the multiracial is viewed in a
negative light, it can have a negative impact on the life and mental health of the multiracial
population. Discrimination against the multiracial person can lead to disparities and heighten the
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