The old racial and ethnic categories don’t work for many young Americans.
One in seven new marriages is between spouses of different races or ethnicities, according to data from 2008 and 2009 that was analyzed by the Pew Research Center. Multiracial and multiethnic Americans (usually grouped together as “mixed race”) are one of the country’s fastest-growing demographic groups. And experts expect the racial results of the 2010 census, which will start to be released next month, to show the trend continuing or accelerating. NYT
Optimistics cite this as a hopeful sign that we can transcend our differences. Pessimists see more splitting and strife. Let’s hear it for Realists, who just figure out how to make it work.