Past Decade Sees Biracial Baby Boom
It's a 'ray of hope' for race relations: expert
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
The past decade has seen a huge increase in the number of biracial babies.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The number of biracial American babies has zoomed upward during the past decade, according to census data, in what analysts call a positive sign for US race relations. The increase has been driven by more interracial couples as well as more parents choosing to identify their kids as mixed-race, the Washington Post reports. Some 7% of kids born a year ahead of the 2010 census were mixed-race, compared to 5% 10 years before that.

What's more, the number of kids born to black and white parents as well as to Asian and white parents doubled. "I think people are more comfortable in identifying themselves, and their children, as mixed race," says a demographer. Kids younger than 15 are far more likely to be considered mixed-race than their older counterparts. And "one out of six kids who used to be thought of as just black will now grow up thinking of themselves as white and black," the analyst adds. "This is a ray of hope that we’re finally moving into an era where this very sharp black-white divide is breaking apart."

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Edgar
Apr 27, 2012 3:30 AM CDT
And so we say goodbye to civilisation
winterfairy
Apr 27, 2012 3:13 AM CDT
Maybe one day we could move into an era when bull shit racist articles like this are never thought to be published.
TiredMemeCat
Apr 26, 2012 6:24 PM CDT
SUCK IT, REPUGLICANS. Too few Oreos to save you from Demographic doom. And the world will be so much better for your extinction.