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Growing Up Multiracial in America

The recent 2010 Census revealed that 9 million people are of mixed race.  That's a 32% growth rate over the past decade.  And when it comes to multiracial kids, they're the fastest-growing youth demographic in America.  But how do people of mixed race identify themselves?  On his census form, President Obama identified himself as "black" - not biracial.  How do you self-identify?  How do others see you?  Do you look like others of your race, and does that matter?  Las Vegans share their stories of growing up multiracial in America.



Su Kim Chung, manuscripts librarian, UNLV

Judah Zakalik, attorney, Peters & Associates, LLP

Rainier Spencer, prof. interdisciplinary studies, UNLV

Jennifer Diaz

  • KPCC: Black or mixed race? Obama's census choice sparks debate over how people identify
  • MSNBC: Black or biracial? Census forces some to choose
  • NY Times: More Young Americans Identify as Mixed Race
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