Question: What are the implications of forcing someone to represent themselves with a single characteristic?
Narrowing one’s identity to a singular origin, characteristic, etc. can have divisive and devastating effects, as stereotypes dehumanize other groups and foster an “us versus them” mentality. People belonging to a certain group, especially a marginalized or underrepresented population, are more likely to suffer as a result of these generalizations, so it is important to consider the personal experiences of individuals, rather than the group as a whole.
The solution to the issue of generalization and whether the unique perspective provided by underrepresented populations or those with mixed backgrounds grants them the ability to break down barriers and build connections between communities.