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"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.
Chapter 1: Five Mixed-Race Identities: From Relic to Revolution
Five Mixed-Race Identities: From Relic to Revolution
The public use of a mixed-race identity parallels the growth of interracial unions and the children of these unions. In March 2001, the U.S. Bureau of the Census released race and ethnicity data showing that 2.4% of the population older than 18 years identified themselves as multiracial and, overwhelmingly, biracial (93%), but even more people younger than 18 years (4%) identified themselves as multiracial (“Poll,” 2001). These figures were in line with census expectations. Demographers predict that by 2050 those identifying themselves as multiracial will account for 21% of the American population. Although there is a difference in the proportion of persons of Asian, Hispanic, African, and American Indian descent ...