Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

The country is slowly becoming more like a “rainbow,” according to a new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research called “The Next America”.

Defining Mixed
Four of these five groups are very mixed in their racial heritage. 

Fuzzy counting
Intermarriage among people of different races is increasingly common.
In 1980, just 7% of all marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity.  In 2010, that share has doubled to 15% of all new marriages in the U.S. Hispanics (26%) and Asians (28%) were most likely to “marry out,” compared with 9% of whites and 17% of blacks. – Pew Research

Begging the Question
If two people of mixed heritage marry, does Pew Research count that as an intermarriage?
If ‘marrying out’ is what defines intermarriage, what defines ‘marrying out’?

Qian Xuesen

Qián Xuésēn (1911-2009), also known as Tsien Hsue-shen or H.S. Tsien or 钱学森, was a top rocket scientist in the US in the 1940s and then, after the US deported him in 1955, a top rocket scientist in China. He helped to found the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in the US and China’s aerospace industry.

That decision to deport him has affected the balance of power between China and the US ever since.

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The Watsonville Riot

The Watsonville Riot
 (1930) was an anti-Filipino riot in Watsonville, California. The violence lasted five days and led to violence in nearby Stockton, Salinas, Gilroy and San Francisco. There were protests in the Philippines. The body of Fermin Tobera, who was killed during the riot, was sent back to the Philippines for his funeral, where he became a martyr. The Philippines was then under US rule.

By 1909
 California grew half the fruits and vegetables in the US. With refrigerated railway cars crossing the nation, California growers stood to make a ton of money.

California news editors and politicians
, on the other hand, found they could sell newspapers or win votes by fanning the flames of White hatred against Asians, hatred that often turned violent. They were so successful that by1882 Congress had all but shut off immigration from China and, in 1917, from the rest of Asia – with one exception: the Philippines.

The US had taken over the Philippines in the Philippine American War (1899-1902). Congress was too racist to make the Philippines into states or its people into citizens, but Filipinos did become US nationals. While they could not vote or serve on juries, they could live and work anywhere in the US and its territories.

So by the 1920s, Filipinos had become the cheapest farm workers in California
. Growers used them as strikebreakers. White people (aka voters) were being thrown out of work. Then in 1929 the stock market crashed in New York and the country sank into the Great Depression.

It gets worse: Most Filipinos in California were young, single men. That put them in direct competition with White men for White women. California had outlawed marriage between Whites and “negros”, “mulattos”, or “Mongolians”, but it was not clear to everyone whether Filipinos counted as “Mongolians”. Some said they were “Malay” instead.

In 1933, California outlawed marriage between Whites and Malays.

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This Mocha-Caramel-Honey Post-Racial Fantasy Is Making Me Sick

By Sharon Chang


“Are we bingeing on mixed-race beauty to feel better about racism?”





This article says so many things I have been thinking.

There is also a thing called beauty privilege, that I do not hear others talking about in that way.


The article is excellent and detailed overall.

The one bit I would say differently is where Sharon says:
“We know race is not biological…”.


Race is exactly biological. The fact that race is about biology does not need to reinforce racism however. “The Nature of Race”, by Ann Morning goes into this and how different scientists view race differently. The big opposing views are between anthropologists and medical scientists.



#MalcolmXDay: 20 Quotes Relevant To The Movement Today

Source: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty

Malcolm X
remains one of the most important figures of the American Civil Rights Movement, and his transformation into a vocal human rights activist added to his already impressive legacy.

The man later known as el-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz came to relax some of his fiery politics that defined the earlier part of his time in the spotlight, and yet that same passion remained even as he began to embrace a comprehensive approach to racial harmony.

With the current situations across the nation regarding disparity in how police treat people of color and similar injustices, Malcolm X’s words still hold resonance in modern times. From Ferguson to
Baltimore, African-Americans are reminded that incidents in those respective cities are part of a systematic condition that renders Black people targets of various forms of mistreatment.

On what would be his 90th birthday, NewsOne takes a look…

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Should Children be Racialized?


The No Child Left Behind Act requires children’s race with test scores to be tallied so that no race is left behind. I have always thought test scores should be tallied by zip code, not by race. But maybe, as Dr. Cornel West alludes to, maybe students should not be tested at all. He says that rich students are taught and poor students are tested.

When my daughter entered kindergarten the race question was on the registration form. I asked the secretary what would happen if I left the race question blank. She said the teacher would fill in the race question for me, because it is required by law. So, my wife and I decided to fill in Latina (only one race was allowed at the time). However, they have since changed the rules and now allow more than one race to be checked, so my son will be tallied as Latino & White.

I used to be completely against all these race labels, but I found out (thank you Steven Riley of Mixed Race Studies) that the 1964 Civil Rights Act requires tracking race in order to track disparities in hiring, and housing discrimination. And the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed law suites based on racial discrimination. They have found that schools punish Black and Latino students more harshly (suspension) for the same infraction where White and Asian students are not punished with suspension.

PS – the day my children were born we were asked what race we are so it could be marked down on our children’s birth certificates. We live in California. The law may be different in different states. I seem to recall that sometimes that parent’s race is put down, sometimes the children’s race is put down. I’m not sure that there is a state where no race is put down. Also, if you were not asked about race, the nurse may have looked at you, your spouse, and your child and wrote it down without asking.


“Me and Toni Morrison: On the Same Page About Skin Color Politics”

by Ms. Meltingpot

Hello Meltingpot Readers,

Have any of you read Toni Morrison’s new novel, God Help the Child? Not only have I read it, I had the chance to see Ms. Toni give a reading from the book here in Philadelphia and of course got her to sign my book. It was magical getting to meet her in person and to hear about her inspiration and ideas for writing this particular story.

Dear readers, I don’t know if you know this, but God Help the Child is all about a dark-skinned Black woman, Bride, who was rejected by her light-skinned mother and how that rejection informed the painful trajectory of her entire life.

The book begins:

It’s not my fault. So you can’t blame me. I didn’t do it and have no idea how it happened. It didn’t take more than an hour after they pulled her out from between my legs to realize something was wrong. Really wrong. She was so black she scared me.”

That could be the opening to my new book too, Same Family, Different Colors, only it wouldn’t be from the mouth of a fictional character, but rather a confessional from a real woman. Bride’s story may be a creation of Toni Morrison’s imagination, but sadly, mothers reject their children every day, even in the year 2015, because they’re too dark or too light. Depends on the circumstances. And, it’s not just Black people who exhibit these skin color prejudices. The stories I’m collecting from Latino and Asian-American subjects include the same experiences, with the same language of rejection and despair.

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