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Biracial people are individuals who have parents or ancestors from two different socially defined racial heritages, such as African American, Asian American, European American, Latino, and Native American. Biracial people have lived in the United States since its inception but have not been officially recognized on the census until the year 2000. As of the 2000 Census, nearly 7 million Americans identified, or were identified as, members of more than one racial group. Today, many grassroots organizations and college student groups exist for the mutual support and enjoyment of interracial families and biracial individuals. The presence of a small yet significant biracial population challenges long-accepted ideas about the concept of race. Biracial persons face unique stressors that their monoracial counterparts do not, such as being ...

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