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Well, actually the statistically surprising uptick in mixed race identification below the Mason-Dixon line is only partly due to births in the last 10 years, demographers say. The only way to explain a 70 percent increase in mixed race identity in Mississippi over the past decade, 80 percent in Georgia and equally staggering numbers in other southern states, is that people who once checked only one box on the census, are now checking off two or three. There seems to have been a shift in racial identity.

Have you changed the way you fill out your census form now that you can check off multiple boxes?


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