What lies behind prejudice against people who are mixed?
Some people think persons from different racial backgrounds should not marry and have children because they believe the so-called races are separate and distinct (with some better than others, naturally). Such a mentality would lead to problems since the very existence of the multiracial person would challenge that person’s belief system. Eurasians in Asia sometimes encounter discrimination there because historically many of their mothers were impregnated by Westerners, with the woman often having been raped or forced to sell herself (and the father often having been a soldier). The children are thus sometimes viewed as illegitimate as well as shameful reminders of a period in that culture’s history when it was exploited. While this is not usually the case for Eurasians in the West, different issues may arise there, such as questions of one’s cultural loyalties and/or values, and perceived racial ambiguity by others (the latter is especially true in the U.S. because of the legacy of hy