“What are you?”: My Experiences with Racial Curiosity, Categorization, and “Othering”

As a biracial woman, I have been asked “what are you” more times in my life than I can count. Some evolutionary psychologists theorize that categorizing things in the world around us is part of our evolutionary psychology. Whatever the origins of this urge, we ought to be more conscious of it and how it seeps into our interactions with people of different races.

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