Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above

Feb 2, 2011

Black? White? Asian? More Young Americans Choose All of the Above

by Susan Saulny
The New York Times
January 29, 2011

"'I was always having to explain where my parents are from because just saying, 'I'm from Takoma Park, Maryland,' was not enough," Michelle López-Mullins said. 'Saying, 'I'm American' wasn't enough.'
"' Now when people ask what I am, I say, 'How much time do you have?' she said. 'Race will not automatically tell my story."

"The crop of students moving through college right now includes the largest group of mixed-race people ever to come of age in the United States, and they are only the vanguard: the country is in the midst of a demographic shift drive by immigrants and intermarriage.

"No one knows quite how the growth of the multiracial population will change the country. Optimists say the blending of the races is a step toward transcending race, to a place where America is free of bigotry, prejudice and programs like affirmative action.

"Pessimists say that a more powerful multiracial movement will lead to more stratification and come at the expense of the number and influence of other minority groups, particularly African-Americans.

"And some sociologists say that grouping all multiracial people together glosses over differences in circumstances between someone who is, say, black and Latino, and someone who is Asian and white.

"According to estimates from the Census Bureau, the mixed-race population has grown by roughly 35 percent since 2000."

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