Do Multi-Racial People Have to ‘Pick a Side?’

February 25, 2011  |  

If someone has one black parent and one white parent, would you refer to that person as black? If someone had one white parent and one Japanese parent, would refer to that person as…what would you refer to that person as?

The Grio took a look at that whole “one drop” rule for black folks:

Census data show that an increasing number of mixed race Americans are no longer checking just one box on their government forms. In fact, mixed race individuals make up one of the fastest growing groups in the nation. A recent Pew study found that one in seven new marriages is between partners of different racial backgrounds.

So what exactly is the problem? Diversity in our society is growing, developing and slowly maturing. Look no further than our current president for proof of that. But growth and change is inherently uncomfortable and stretches our existing positions. I say this is always a good thing.

Read the rest of this article and what the author has to say about his own multi-racial background on the Grio!

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