Crossing Racial Lines: Geography of Mixed Race Partnering & Multiraciality

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Various professors of geography collaborated on this article that explore the regionality of mixed race households. The essay explains the descriptive language used in identity people of mixed race and “Contemporary Mixed Race Geographies.” It reveals that despite the known multiethnic background of different populations, only 3% chose that status on the 2000 Census; most likely to their own racial experiences and formation of identity. A great academic read.

“As the ‘process of racial labeling starts with geography, culture, and family ties and runs through economics and politics to biology’ (Spickard, 1992: 16), everyone’s racialized identity has an individual (private) genealogy too. We can look to our ancestors, assess their racial backgrounds, and then, according to a conception of blood, establish our personal racial identities” (7).

“The 1990 Census reported that 17.6 percent of all black unions occurred with whites” (15).

“Today, racially mixed marriages are more than twice as likely in California — the major immigration state — than in the nation as a whole” (18).

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