What do you call bi-racial people?

OmniscientOstrich

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Heh, but really mixed race seems to be the one most socially acceptable to go with and I've never found that one too objectionable.
 

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Mixed race seems the most neutral and easiest term to use. I don't really see 'biracial' used here much in the UK and it's not always applicable anyway, for example the Tiger Wood's who have three or more races in their ancestry.
 

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I usually go by skin color, so if it's half and half I don't notice. A lot of mixed hispanics I just call caucasion, half african I usually call african.
 

MrFalconfly

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That's an easy question.

People.

The only time I can imagine his genetic background would be relevant would be in DNA testing. And his skin-colour would only be relevant if law enforcement wants a description.
 

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MrFalconfly said:
That's an easy question.

People.

The only time I can imagine his genetic background would be relevant would be in DNA testing. And his skin-colour would only be relevant if law enforcement wants a description.
This. Thought, the word "Human" can also work in this situation as well...

Other than that, one of my cousins looks 100% Caucasian, yet he's half-African and half-British... and I just call him "my brother from another mother" sometimes...
 

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Being half white, half black, I've called myself everything under the sun. Mixed, mulatto, mutt, 50/50, daywalker, hybrid, etc.
I really don't care what I'm called, more concerned with who is saying it and why. Anything can't be made to be insulting if said the right way.
 

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Whatever they call themselves, really. Mixed race, whatever.

If they're half-black and want to say they're black, that's what I go with. I rarely use the term 'African-American' personally since it feels pretty clumsy to use in regular speech compared to just saying black. That and it's not going to be accurate for every black person.
 

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I'd just call them people. There are no different races for humans. We're all Homo Sapien. There's just different skin colours and cultures.
 

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Eddie the head said:
Preferably what they want to be called. Although if you don't know what they want just go with whatever you notice. No reasonable person is going to hold that kind of ignorance against you.
We're in the social just era man, I dunno.

People of mixed races do tend to be less sensitive about this stuff though, you're right.
 

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Is bi racial a thing? Im a white guy, why would i ***** because someone didnt know where my DNA came from? The guy is a little PC ***** finding offense where there is none.
 

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I usually call them by their name. If you really want to call them something. Call them human, all that matters.
 

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Mixed or bi-racial. Although there are plenty that go by both mixed and Black, which can be confusing. And come to think of it I have yet meet a person who was half White and half Black call themselves White. It is in my experience either mixed or Black. Maybe it's just a U.S. thing?
 

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Oh man, there are a lot of good one-liners in this thread.

I'm white with one quarter Filipino, but unless it's some sort of official document (or I'm making a point or getting called racist) I just go with white because I don't look Flip at all. Consequently, I just tend to refer to someone by how they look (if you're white, I'll say white; if you're black, I'll say black; etc.), but that's only if I don't know of any other way to address them and only in proper context (identifying someone, clarifying the subject of discussion, and so on). It's not polite to address someone by their race to their face, so I always ask for a name or just say "hey you" and will never ask someone what their ethnicity is unless it comes up in conversation.

I hate anything more detailed, because I find it always falls back into identity politics and only highlights differences.

While I'm generally the same way about gender (I'll say he if they look male and she if they look female until I'm told otherwise), I personally tend to call everyone 'dude' most of the time if I'm being casual. It's just a quirk of my dialogue because of the age I grew up in.
 

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What do I call bi-racial people? Fluffy, the same thing I call everyone else. Why? Because it gets me strange looks.

Seriously. I don't make a big deal of someone's racial background. That is unless they commit a crime against me and I need to give an accurate description to the police. Other wise their race doesn't much register with me, unless they make a big deal about it, in which case I don't want to talk to them. Being part Japanese and English Isles in descent people get very curious though. When you have Auburn red hair and Asian features it seems to confuse people's racial compasses.