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    A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    Hi,

    What would you call someone who has a black parent and a caucasian parent? Métis? Biracial?

    Something else?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    You are a Canadian whose language is English and you don't know?

    If it is necessary to talk about such things, "biracial" is an OK term.

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    In the UK, we do still say "mixed race" although no doubt that will become a no-no at some point. Twenty years ago, you would have heard "half-caste" - DO NOT USE THIS. I have only included it because you might still hear it from people of an older generation.
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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You are a Canadian whose language is English and you don't know?

    If it is necessary to talk about such things, "biracial" is an OK term.
    I asked because different terms are used in different English-speaking countries. That's why I wrote, "What would you call someonewho has a black parent and a caucasian parent?," as opposed to "What is someone who has a black parent and a caucasian parent called?"

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    Ah! But you didn't emphasise you in post #1.

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    On further consideration, I don't think either "biracial" or "mixed-race" is adequate since neither term specifies the races.

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    It's not always necessary to specify the races.

    Click here to read a similar discussion on another forum.

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    A word with precisely that meaning used to exist but has fallen out of use, and nowadays virtually everyone would consider it highly offensive. The word is mulatto.

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    Re: A Person Whose Parents Are of Different Races

    Well, if you are asking what I personally would call someone with one black parent and one Caucasian parent, I would call them by their given name. I do not tend to identify people by their parentage or colour of their skin. I might, if pressed, say "Well, her mum's black and her dad's white" but I would not use a word or phrase to describe her colour.
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    I think mixed is the most neutral term here. People ask me all the time if my daughter is a 'mix' and I just say 'yep.'

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