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1Running head: MULTIRACIAL DISCRIMINATIONMultiracial DiscriminationCourtney GriffinWalden University
2MULTIRACIAL DISCRIMINATIONMultiracial DiscriminationIdentifying things, people, places, and situations is something human beings do many times daily. People identify to certain races or skin color, such as African-American, white, Asian, etc. People identify with classes and social status’ such as lower, middle or upper class. People can easily identify themselves to some category. The norms and thoughts within the American culture allows people to identify with these categories. However; for multiracial or individuals who identify with one or more races, there may be additional feelings of discrimination or difficulties identifying with a category. The ways in which society can make people can feel about their identity others was described by Beverly Stokes, who noted that “passing judgment on someone can be expressed verbally or nonverbally and it can influence everyone differently” (Stokes, 2016, para 3). This “passing judgement” described by Stokes is a form of discrimination and can differ within various environments, people and time. The remainder of this paper will describe the impacts of biracial/multiracial or multiethnic distinctionon our society andthose effects related to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.The Effect of Discrimination for a Multiracial PersonRace is a cultural construct with consequences and deliberate actions that have institutionalized group identities in the United States (Castañeda and Zuniga, 2013). Race is