Their South Asian and white genetic backgrounds … put their children in potential harm’s way.
Sounds almost like something you’d expect to see on a white supremacist site, but it’s actually from the LA Times. Nor is this alone: it comes mere months after an image was posted to the Republican party Facebook page with the caption, “Miscegenation is a crime against American values,” and after a Louisiana judge refused to issue a marriage license for an interracial couple, citing increased difficulty for such relationships.
It might seem perfectly reasonable, knowing nothing about genetics, to read the LA Times article and conclude that a real and present danger of genetic disorder exists as a result of mixed-race heritage. The article certainly does nothing to dispel this myth, and one can easily imagine advocates for racial purity pointing to this in triumph.
While the instance of some genetic disorders (such as the one in the article) may be increased by multiracial pairing, other genetic orders (such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia) are increased by same-race pairing. The implication that multiracial pairing is somehow genetically unsafe compared to other options is an irresponsible and uneducated myth. If mainstream media sources such as the LA Times are unable or unwilling to correct these errors, it is no surprise that their readership and sales continue to plummet.