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Ask Michelle López-Mullins, a 20-year-old junior and the president of the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association, how she marks her race on forms like the census, and she says, “It depends on the day, and it depends on the options.” They are also using the strength in their growing numbers to affirm roots that were once portrayed as tragic or pitiable.
Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, meaning that the number of mixed-race Americans could be high.
“There’s not only less stigma to being in these groups, there’s even positive cachet.” Moving Forward The faces of mixed-race America are not just on college campuses. And the ethnically ambiguous are especially ubiquitous in movies, television shows and advertising.
But by the 1930 census, terms for mixed-race people had all disappeared, replaced by the so-called one-drop rule, an antebellum convention that held that anyone with a trace of African ancestry was only black.
(Similarly, people who were “white and Indian” were generally to be counted as Indian.) It was the census enumerator who decided.
The 2010 mixed-race statistics will be released, state by state, over the first half of the year.