interesting terminology

hypodescent: the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union or mating between members of different socioeconomic groups or ethnic groups to the minority group.

hyperdescent:  children are assigned to the race that is considered dominant or superior

Parallel practices include agnatic descent and cognatic descent, which assign race according to the father or mother, respectively, without regard to the race of the other parent. Since either parent (or both) might be of mixed-race, hypo- and hyper-descent can operate in tandem with, or separately from, a system of agnatic or cognatic racial assignment.


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