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Multiracial Group Growing Fast in America

Multiracial Kiddos Growing Fast in America

When filling out hospital or school forms, I always struggle with which box to check under "race/origin" because I'm a mutt. As a person of mixed race, I identify with three groups — Caucasians, Mexicans, and multiracial people. According to the latest census estimates, there are now roughly 5.2 million multiracial people in America, which is 3.4 percent more than last year.

In the past, children of different races may have had a tough time identifying with one particular group feeling like an outcast of both of their origins. As more couples have multiracial babies and famous people like President Barack Obama and Rosario Dawson hold the spotlight, the stigma will likely fade. Shared heritages are now being celebrated and honored, and before long, kiddos like Henry and Johan Samuel may not have to check a box at all, as the racial barriers will be watered down leaving less room for distinction.

PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Whoops I didn't put quotes around the first sentence of my first post here (I was quoting Lil 's piece, sorry)It should have been: "I identify with three groups — Caucasians, Mexicans, and multiracial people. " then all that I wrote (which I typed pretty fast!) Oh, and here is a link to somthing interesting
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Plus, race is a social doesn't exsist biologically at all. I'm constantly repeating this. If you did want to use race, for arguements sake or to make a point, sociolgist(?) recognize three...Cacausian, Black, Asian. Hispanic or Latinos doesn't just refers to people who originate or "persons who trace their origin or descent to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spanish speaking Central and South America countries, and other Spanish cultures." Again Spanish is a language and Spain a European country (no different than France, England or Italy) but with its own unique history and influences. Don't confuse RACE with NATIONALITY. Again Spain conquered many lands and then "intermixed" with its own slaves and Native American inhabitants, not to mention that years (or centuries before) Jewish and Muslim populations lived and thrived in Southern and Central Spain. Being "Mexican" is a nationality and not a race...If you have American citizenship than you are American, not Mexican. And Mexicans share in everything that I have been saying...they are Black, White European, Indigenious groups, that eventually seperated from Spain and kept the language and evolved into the country it is. If White Americans recognized or knew more about other countries or thought about it like this they wouldn't be so "confused."
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I identify with three groups — Caucasians, Mexicans, and multiracial people. That is kind of a silly sentence (even though I know what you getting at Lil) Mexico, and in this case Mexicans, is reference to nationality NOT race. The only reason this is an issue is because Caucausians are the dominant culture (even when they claim to "half" Black or Asian) and people see things through the lens of White history. I'm "Hispanic" and I feel that that word = multiracial. Latin American countries were colonies like the originally 13 in the US except our "founding fathers" were from Spain making the official language Spanish. Still, they were European (with some Muslim and Jewish influences)...later on they brought slaves from Africa and not to mention the Native American Indians who already lived on the lands. It's not that much different from the US, huh? The English founded their colonies (with the French and Dutch and other Spaniards fighting for their piece) but to not make it more confusing there were also Native American Indians and growing number of Slaves. The only difference is that English was the unofficial language. The British colonists (Whites/Caucasian) conquered lands and built schools and tried to assimilate or subjugate the indians and viewed their slaves as less than human and as posessions. That's where the differences sort of emerge. In the Spanish colonies after awhile slaves got their freedom, much sooner than North American slaves. And their were no laws forbidding from a Black Man or woman marrying a White man or Woman...the indians that survived also inter-married...our language stayed as Spanish. It's funny how then generations later people from those Spanish colonies (which became spanish speaking countries independent of Spain) would then emigrate (aww..human migration) to the US and be considered as a "fourth" race after Caucasian, Black and Asian...when in fact we Hispanics or Latinos are a mix or a variety of mixes of these so called "races" just with a different first language. And that's why I don't believe in terms like "biracial" and why I'm beginning to take issue with the term "multiracial" only seems to be recognized by American Whites who are only now moving away from their ideals of yesteryear and think it's all new, new to them.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Oh goodness. I hope they don't have those boxes (or at least more options? I don't know what to suggest) when my son has to fill forms typical to those. He's mostly biracial (his dad has native Indian in his family blood although he looks mostly white) child and I don't know which category he's going to be in. Nice article, I never really considered it b/c I've always checked 'Asian'--now I really do get confused where he's going to be in that 'box'. Btw, kia, that's awesome! :D
kia kia 8 years
I hate those boxes. The one I hate the most is the federal hire form for statistical purposes. You only have the option of only one choice and there is no mixed category. When I was in elementary school I was sent to the principal's office and my parents were called in because I had to pick a box for some exam I was taking. I refused and it escalated into a big deal. I ended up screaming at the principal, "I'm an All-American Kid" My parents just fell out laughing.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I agree queen.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
I've always hated those boxes. I just found them so cold and mean.
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