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  • Multiracial America
    As our country becomes more multiracial, are we becoming more tolerant and accepting?
  • Race
    • –noun
    • 1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.
    • 2. a population so related.
    • 3. Anthropology . a. any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.
    • b. an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, esp. formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.
    • c. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.
    • 4. a group of tribes or peoples forming an ethnic stock: the Slavic race.
    • 5. any people united by common history, language, cultural traits, etc
  • History
    American people are mostly multi-ethnic descendents of various culturally distinct immigrant nationalities.
    We are a country of “mutts”
  • History
    http://www.understandingrace.com/history/index.html
    http://www.understandingrace.com/lived/game/index.html
    Although we can celebrate the many victories that have faced our fight against discrimination, we still live in cities towns , communities and neighborhoods that are segregated by race.
    What is race?
  • Race
    Race does not exist in nature.
    Race is constructed by society.
    Race is an indicator of differences, but there are no biological differences between us.
    The primary indicator of race has primarily been skin color. “Whiteness gives us status.”
    During the 1920’s not even the color of skin guaranteed whiteness – Japanese and Irish – “not white”.
  • Reasons for Diversity
    Immigration patterns
    Interracial marriages increasing
    US military presence in Asia
    Most importantly Loving vs Virginia
  • Loving vs Virginia
    Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were married in the District of Columbia.
    They moved to Virginia and were charged for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage.
    The judge sentenced them to one year or suspended sentence if they left the state. He said, “ Almighty God created the races, white black, yellow , malay and red and he placed them on separate continents…the fact that He separated the races means He did not intend for them to mix.”
    Supreme Court overturned the decision in 1967
  • Thurgood Marshall
    In 1967 Thurgood Marshall was only months away from appointment to the Supreme court when he suffered an indignity which today seems outrageous. He and his wife could not live in Virginia because he was black and she was Asian.
    The supreme court struck down the anti-interracial laws in Virginia and 18 other states.
    In 1967 these laws were not leftover scraps from an extinct era. A Gallop poll done in 1965 showed that 72 percent of Southern whites and 42 percent of Northern whites wanted to ban interracial marriages.
  • Eldrick Woods and wife Kultida
    Fast forward to more recent times and another black and Asian couple –
    Their son is Tiger Woods.
    He is black and Asian , but also Chinese, white and American Indian.
    Tiger has refused to be labeled and has embraced his multiracial heritage.
  • Census
    The 2000 census over 6.8 million Americans marked an identification with two or more races.
    The 2000 census was the first census to allow respondents to choose more than one race.
  • 2.4 percent of the United States is multiracial
    Hawaii has the largest multiracial population. – 24.1 percent of its population.
    Alaska is second with 5.4 percent.
    The five least multiracial states are Mississippi, West Virginia, Maine, Alabama, and South Carolina.
    All have multiracial populations less than 1 percent
  • APOLO ANTON OHNO
    Caucasian American
    Japanese
    Olympic Gold medalist; Skater
  • ADRIANA LIMA
    French, Portuguese, Inidigenous Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian
    Model
  • FAITH EVANS
    Mother: African-American
    Father: Italian-American
    Recording Artist for Bad Boy Records
  • MAGGIE Q.
    Mother: Vietnamese
    Father: American of Polish, Irish, French-Canadian descent
    Actress, Model
  • PHYLICIA RASHAD
    Actress, Model
    Mother: African-American
    Father: Cherokee Indian
  • LENNY KRAVITZ
    Mother: African-American, West Indian
    Father: Russian-Jewish descent
  • PETE WENTZ
    Mother: Hawaiian and Indian
    Father: Caucasian
    Actor, Director, Musician, lyricist.
  • PAULA ABDUL
    Mother: French-Canadian, Jewish
    Father: Syrian, Raised in Brazil
    Singer, Actress, Tv show Host
  • Tiger Woods
    Mixed African American, Chinese, and Native American ancestry.
    Famous Golfer
  • “THE ROCK”Dwane Johnson
    Samoan, Polynesian, African American
    Professional Wrestler, Actor
  • Cameron Diaz
    Mother: English, German, Cherokee
    Father: Cuban
    Actress
  • Alicia Keys
    Mother: Scottish, Irish, Itallian
    Father: African American
    Singer, Actress
  • Mariah Carey
    Mother: Irish American
    Father: Afro-Venezuelan and African American
    Singer, Actress, Tv show Host
  • VIN DIESEL
    Father: African American
    Mother:Itallian
    Producer, Writer, Actor, Director
  • Barak Obama
    Mother: English, German, Irish
    Father: African
    President of United States
  • Hypodescent – or the one drop rule
    In the past Americans uncomfortable with the idea that you can be more than one thing.
    One drop rule was deeply ingrained in our society.
    Obama has led to some frank discussions about race (see below)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehhxGC0cd4E
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWgl1qF3Y0
  • Future projections
    It is expected by 2050, the majority of the US population, nearly 75 million, will identify with more than one race.
    Thirty years ago it was 1-100, today it is 1-20.
  • What does it mean?
    The multiracial individual is a visible indication of our country’s move towards acceptance not just tolerance.
    As we become more integrated as a society, discussions of race may become unnecessary.
    Diversity is not only about race but experiencing various perspectives, values and the thoughts they bring with them.
  • Ways to combat racism.
    Face our reluctance to discuss race.
    Realize that sometimes it isn’t what we say it is what we do not say.
    Let children lead the way.
    Confront stereotyping when it occurs.
    Don’t wait for Heritage Days and History months.
    Beyond Tolerance: Expecting Acceptance.
  • When they asked –Arnold Arnaff
    When they asked
    If
    I was Black or White
    or what.
    I said:
    I was Black and White
    and what
    difference
    did it make to them.
    and they said:
    did I have the answers
    to the math problems?
    and I had the answers.