Census: More people identify as mixed race
The census map shows America's multirace population as a percentage of county populations.
September 27th, 2012
02:35 PM ET

Census: More people identify as mixed race

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Before 2000, you had to pick one: White, black, Asian, American Indian, Alaska Native or some other race. But now you can tick multiple boxes on the U.S. Census Bureau's race category.

The 2010 census provided the first glimpse of trends in multirace reporting since it was the second time such an option was available. And what it shows is that people who say they are a mix of races grew by a larger percentage than people who reported a single race, according to the data released Thursday.

People who reported a background of mixed race grew by 32% to 9 million between 2000 and 2010. In comparison, single-race population increased 9.2%.

In all, the U.S. population increased by 9.7% since 2000. Many multiple-race groups increased by 50% or more.

But that does not necessarily mean there are many more children of interracial couples.

Sociologist Kris Marsh said that it could be that many people who checked only one box in 2000 have decided to celebrate their diversity and checked multiple boxes this go-around. Say you are white but you know that you have some Asian blood in you. Or take the example of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. She says she has Native American ancestry and could have ticked two boxes in the census.

Elizabeth Warren: Is she, or isn’t she Native American?

Multiple-race category celebrates American diversity. But it could have consequences, said Marsh of the Maryland Population Research Center.

It could lower the number of people who are counted solely as African-American or Native American, said Marsh,  and take away from political representation for those minority groups.

"I don't want to discount this (multiracial) group," she said. "But I do think there are some challenges."

The largest multirace groups in the 2010 census were white and black (1.8 million); white and “some other race” (1.7 million); white and Asian (1.6 million); and white and American Indian and Alaska Native (1.4 million).

The white and some other race responses mainly reflect people who reported white with a Hispanic origin. Hispanic or Latino is an ethnic, not racial, category in the census.

Of the 50 million people who self-identify as Latinos, more than 18 million checked the some other race box in the 2010 Census, up from 14.9 million in 2000.

The multirace groups that grew the most were the white and black population (by 134% to more than 1 million people) and the white and Asian population (by 87% to about 750,000).

The census showed 16 states where the people who reported more than one race exceeded 200,000 or more. The top three were California, Texas and New York. Each of those states reported a multiple-race population of 500,000 people or more.

Posted by
Filed under: Census • Ethnicity • Race • Who we are
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Zion-monster

    What do you think imigrations long term plan was, to do exactly that.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fizziks

    umm, no. Modern science most certainly does not agree on that. In fact, the genetic evidence is clear that there were never fewer than around10,000 human ancestors at any time, and that humans evolved gradually from other primates over the course of millions of years. Please educate yourself.

    October 9, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
    • inquiring2011

      Thank you for saying that

      January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. WhiteLatino

    According to a Pew Hispanic survey, 36% of Latinos identify their race as white. Remember, Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race.

    October 8, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. AmericanCherokeeFirst

    No one is solely African American you moron...they are both African and American as their name implies. when did Americans stop learning reading comprehension?

    October 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cacique

    After thousands of years walking the surface of this earth, claiming to be of a pure white race or black race could be totally unfounded. Maybe the Maori in Australia before the British porked it all up, or the lost tribes in Brazil, the Africans way deep in the jungle, the nomad tribes in central Asia could be a genetic treasure of the human race. But Arians and Blacks living in the Americas are already kind of diluted.
    As for us the Hispanics, proudly carry on our genetic mix made up of native American and Spaniard or European bloods, at least. Of course, many of us can also brag about our African ancestry. Yes sir.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      I hear you, Cacique. I drive through the black neighborhoods with my white skin and Spanish face, playing my Salsa while I laugh at the haters who give me dirty looks, not knowing that my father's father was black and well off in the Caribbean. I go home from work, and kiss the "india" who gave me my beautiful children and serves me a delicious plate of garlic yucca and stewed salt cod, a mix of foods with Native American and Norwegian roots that is part of my heritage. At work, I smile inwardly at the Anglos who leer when they hear my last name for the first time, not knowing that were it not for the military aid of my Spanish creole ancestors, George Washington would have lost the state where they live. I know who I am, I live it, breathe it, taste it, hear it in my favorite music, and I LOVE IT.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanCherokeeFirst

      Hispanics are white Europeans my friend. not a mix of euro and west Indian blood. Hispanics are people from hispania ....which means Spain. Im cherokee and Irish and there is no special racial same for me.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • AmericanCherokeeFirst

        Racial name

        October 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • AmericanCherokeeFirst

        Although i do prefer my keetowah roots and culture to my Irish roots...and why...because this is not Ireland its America.

        October 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maria

        Wrong again Hispanics are multicultural and we have african and european blood which is what makes us so damn gorgeous!

        October 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elmeromero

        Right on Maria. Hispanics are all mixed, we have blonds, red heads, blue eyes, green eyes, brown skin, white skin and black. We are everyone in one.

        October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    I find it hilarious that these "race" boxes exist when in reality it has nothing to do with race but skin tone. I say for every census we hold out or arms and have our skin tone determined Home Depot style. Then maybe the absurdity of this crap will be realized.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Now that Warren is a Native American, because someone in her family wrote a "biography" that says she is, we can all be anything we want!

    September 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. BP Panther

    "..I am not gonna spend my life being a color" MJ Black or White

    September 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. solex

    I look forward to the day when then only check box on a form that is available when it asks you what race you are is


    September 28, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. steve

    few more of these and they can knock out the white race box!
    not in the Ukraine though!

    September 28, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    the truth always hurts
    dems are such hypocrites

    September 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      "the truth always hurts"

      It does!? ALWAYS?

      Is your ignorance painful?

      September 28, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. julnor

    Here's an idea, how about we stop having the census ask about our race. If we are truly going to achieve Dr. King's dream of a world where we judge the content of a man's character rather than his skin color then we will need to stop worrying about a person's skin color.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. johnny

    there should be ONE box to check...HUMAN race.

    September 28, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • NeutralMind

      Very well said johnny.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • sonny

      Whoever started this race thing way back then was beyond syupid ! there was,is now,and always will be one race:HUMAN you are exactly correct!

      September 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fyre

    Or who they can BEST identify with, I guess. The average American cannot identify with the current lifestyle of anyone in political office today, Obama and Romney included.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Citizen

    ...the US race to the lowest denominator accelerates.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. Bryan

    That's a rather ignorant post. People tend to vote for who they identify with so its no surprise that many blacks vote for Obama. Its not racism. More Latinos probably bought Selena records than Madonna records. Is that racist? No. People of all races gravitate towards situations or people they can relate to. That is why Republicans generally vote for republicans and Democrats generally vote for Democrats.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Its racist ONLY if white people dont embrace and buy black and Latino people stuff. We have to have their culture rammed won our throats but they can keep staying with their own ways. Thats how it works.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    From the map, it looks like the most racially "pure" state is Mississippi.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  18. jbcal

    Gerry O'bama, really? African Americans have been voting in those numbers for Democrats for years, but I guess that didn't bother you as much since until now, those votes were for white men and if you think most are unaware that the president is mixed you need to crawl out from that rock and get a clue.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  19. Scott

    On the 2010 census I check "other" for race and wrote down "Human" for both my wife and myself 🙂


    September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The above comment was suppose to be a response to yours 🙂


      September 28, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  20. Kate

    I think it's time to do away with the race question. We'll all be better off when we can simply identify ourselves as Race: Human.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • johnny

      didn't see your post...great minds think alike!

      September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  21. Joe

    In this country it doesn't matter if you are "mixed" people only see us as black; just axe The President.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • fyre

      Yep. One drop rule definitely still applies in this country, although application of it varies state by state.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  22. Andy

    Could use please cite an actual time when anyone from the republican party has referred to people of mixed race as "mongrels"? Or is that just something you believe republicans say because it makes it easier for you to hate them?

    September 28, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  23. Realityman

    In reality leaders do not want an educated, armed, and united populace becuase they resist tyranny and dictatorship. They use left right, race, have's and have nots, etc to seperate us from each other. They have dumbed down schools and denied our republics history. They keep us fighting. They want our guns.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. jussaying

    Then why did Obama choose Black and say there was no place to check bi-racial? The story says 2010 census. Why do bi-racials, choose to be black when it helps them? I know of a person who chose black to get help to get into college.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • One+One=Too

      One drop. Soon and very soon the generation that hate produce, the so called "baby boomers" will all be dead in hell somewhere and peace will reign in America. We will be able to get along in about twenty years.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Thats crap! People base what color you are on how you look. Checking Black doesn't give you anything more than checking hispanic or white.. get a clue!

      October 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Actually, Obama has not chosen Black, he chose African-American.
      Obama knows that he is not going to get many votes if he states that he is Mulatto. However, he knows that by being the son of an African father, and an American mother, he can put down African-American and no one will question it.
      On the very first interview that he gave as president, he stated in his own words that the dog he was looking for "must be a mutt like me".

      On your second point about bi-racials choosing Black to get into college. They do so because it is convenient, it is only one piece of paper, that is going to help them get a degree, however, in their private arenas they know that they are mixed race.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. JIm

    I thought all of us are american?? Why the silly race classifications. I thought King Had a Dream? King didn't want skin color to be an issue. Now the hand out crowd hyphenates their American status, fly oppressive foreign flags, and does their very best to not fit in Americana.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jbcal

      Now Jim, when you say hyphenated crowd, are you referring to Irish-americans, italian-americans or german-americans? Because I've seen those terms a lot.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • ericbrett73

      I guess you didn't get the memo that the majority of the 'handout' crowd are of european decent. Or don't you care to know the actual facts and numbers?

      September 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • biobraine

        "I guess you didn't get the memo that the majority of the 'handout' crowd are of european decent. Or don't you care to know the actual facts and numbers?"

        If two groups receive handouts and for every 10 of one group there are 70 of another group, the larger group will probably receive more handouts, even if by percentage they receive less handouts. Your real error isn't the misleading statistics barely hiding your prejudice against a particular racial group. It is in dividing the human race into racial groups and assigning them separate attributes in the first place.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • davidjones022

      Perfectly said!

      April 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. realtalk

    I find it ridiculous that "Race" even matters anymore. We're just people.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  27. Rom-No!

    We are all "mixed-race," so the category could potentially see a lot of use. Genetic testing shows that all of us are descendants of a single woman who lived around 150,000 years ago (although not necessarily by the same guy, and yes, there were other people around at that time, too, but their descendants died out).

    September 28, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  28. Tex71

    Finally, the beginning of the end of segregation in the real world.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  29. TexDoc

    It's time to become truely post-racial, and have the census departmetn stop asking this silly question. We are all mixed race, it's just a matter of how much.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  30. makes sense

    well most people are multiracial just ask grandma...

    September 28, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. fiftyfive55

    Hyphenated Americans signals people who dont believe in a united America

    September 28, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      "Hyphenated Americans" was fine while it was Irish, German, Italian-Americans. Now when its Mexican-American or African-American its a sin. For years, America was "united" as long as it was the United White States of America. The people who ran the country, for the most part white, did their best to exclude non-whites. They didn't accept their cultures or their histories and diminished their value as people. Now when these "non-whites" take it upon themselves to show pride in their heritage; a heritage gladly left out by the once white majority, you say that they don't believe in America. More accurately, America didn't believe or accept FIRST.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
      • ericbrett73

        Man you are on point! Some Americans either don't know their history or don't accept it. 'Hyphenated-Americans' is just the same old code and rethoric that has always exsisted in this country.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • One+One=Too

        Well said Bryan, well said.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • davidjones022

        So you are saying it has been done wrong all along? The census bureau didn't start collecting housing data until 1940. Anyways, if you know something is wrong (as you implied) , why would you personally continue you to do it? Doesn't sound very intelligent.

        April 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  32. laststonecarver

    The ancient Egyptians displayed a process for 'The Carrying of the Eye'.
    That Eye contained the power to perceive Truth.
    Truth beyond shape or color, beyond opposing forces, beyond hype and bias.
    You can see/perceive beyond this mixed puzzle, you can do it. I know you can do it.
    Stop the insanity.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  33. laststonecarver

    Are ther really any purebloods?
    Black and White, really.. This page is black and white, and does not come close to my skin tone.
    No matter how I mix White and Black, it doesn't make brown or pink.

    September 28, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  34. Epidi

    Our country is a melting pot of diversity in race and culture. This is to be expected and not news, lol.

    September 28, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • FTROY01

      Yea and look its not going so well either this gloriuos melting pot!! I prefer a lot more monogomous racial make-up and its a fact people of like kind get along a whole lot better so you can take your melting pot and shove it.

      September 28, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yeah – not really working out too good, is it? The melting pot theory is a failed experiment. Most races of people cant stand the other races no matter what they say in public. Behind closed doors, whites dont like blacks, blacks dont like whites, and Latinos dont like either and vice-versa. Its the way it is. I dont care how goody-goody people make it sound: The talkl at the dinner table remains the same. Sure, there are exceptions but in general most races dislike other races. Ironically, its minorities that tend to hate whites even more than the other way around. They get away with it though. Sorry to rain on the diversity parade but it is what it is.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Novice

        Mike, true Sociologist you are (Enter sarcasm here).

        September 28, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
      • James Wilson

        Hmmm, Mike you are sounding pretty racist, might want to tone it down. Most people born after 1975 don't buy into this bs about "white people" and "black people". Welcome to America. It is diverse because the very people who live here are diverse. You got a problem, go to North Korea (DRNK) I'm sure you won't see any problems with majority and minority. PS I'm a Black Jewish with a "white" sister and I'm dating a thai girl. GOD BLESS AMERICA 🙂

        September 28, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • One+One=Too

        Mike...your sheet is flapping, It's people like you we don't like. It's people like you we (as all races) hoping twenty years pass on by so peace can come to our country. You are one of the haters than hate produced. Die

        September 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  35. Aaron Clark

    I got over race in pre-k..94'...The holy people have been resurrected again....

    September 28, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  36. Boinky

    I check all of them now.

    September 28, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jonquil

    It's the glamour of it that I think has caught on. So many film stars and supermodels are from a multi-race/multi-ethnic background. It's that accessibility and mass appeal that casting and booking agents look for. So, the result is that more Americans, who are always trying to define themselves in "special" ways, see the glamour in identifying in multi-race categories and want to be part of that. I have a friend who is barely an 8th Cuban, but she strongly identifies as a "Latina". Personally, I see no downside to an America that will eventually look collectively like Keanu Reeves, Derek Jeter, Selena Gomez and Jessica Biel. It will be a very, se-xy place.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Trainor

      Cuban or Latina is not a race. You can have white Cubans like Cameron Diaz, Andy Garcia or Eddie Cibrian and plenty of black Cubans too like the baseball players or even Asian or Jewish Cuban. Most Latinos I know are TOTALLY white. Argentina is whiter than the USA!!

      September 28, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  38. CNNTom

    Cool, does that mean people will stop getting government sponsored privileges to enter college?

    September 28, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Novice

      LOL...is that the best you got?

      September 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  39. Hugh Mann

    Another fine example of how regressive our Government is. The ability to deny reality must be an American trait.
    In light of DNA evidence and fossil remains, a person, or group of persons, that can see the origins of humanity, and simultaneously deny those origins in favour of their current skin tone, has to be quite regressive in order to put out a form for people to report their condition on based on inaccuracies and out-and-out falsehoods, and then report it as "demographics" fully knowing that it is a distortion of the facts.
    Case in point, there was a television program in which DNA samples were collected and analysed and there geographic origins were revealed in stages. For the most part, and unbeknownst to most participants, the results swirled about the map of the world and ultimately ALL returned to one area of very close proximity, Africa.
    Well, that sort of makes us all Afro-American, doesn't it?

    September 28, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Good point. You are speaking of tracing the midochondrial DNA which is carried by the mother. Yes, every human's ancestors migrated out of Africa at some point. But don't forget there were others that we may have mixed with – even back then. Neanderthal for instance. They were a contemporary of cro-magnon man and it has been recently discovered that traces of neanderthal DNA has been found in some living humans today.

      September 28, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
      • JBN

        Yeah, and they all starred and/or made guest appearences on "Jersey Shore."

        September 28, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Stayed

        Aron, I'd be very careful about ancisucg GG about having any link with Iraq's oil for food programme.He's made some very robust defences against accusations of impropriety and frequently resorts to court action to defend his reputation.If I were you I'd either cite some evidence or prepare for a knock on the door.Perhaps the mods might want to think about this as well.After all, George has been accused of many things but I've never seen him linked to global warming before.

        November 15, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  40. VoiceOfReason

    I come from a mixed marriage; my dad's male and my mom's female.

    September 28, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Mars & Venus – lol.

      September 28, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  41. Rev. Schaeffer

    I'm half Aryan, half Jew. Every time I witness the insanity of war I want to stick my head in the oven.

    (Your heritage is something to be proud of, just don't take yourself too seriously.)

    السلام عليكم
    Peace be with you.

    September 28, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  42. one world

    i find that whole box checking thing a huge waste of time.

    September 28, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • the truth

      Well liberals are all for limiting us to small boxes

      Get rid of affirmative action!

      September 28, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
      • One+One=Too

        You better hold on to affirmative action dude. The demographics are changing rapidly, soon your whiteness, you will be in the minority.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  43. DJ

    In 2050 America, less than 40 years from now, the "in" look will be to look Chinese.
    Because by that time China will be the ruling super power of the world.
    So mommas, don't let your daughters grow up and marry anyone but an asian.

    September 28, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  44. the truth

    Get rid of affirmative action. Once racist liberals and obama are for such discrimination

    September 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      The only reason why affirmative action ever existed is because you good 'ol boys didn't want any person of color to infiltrate your ranks. You started doing this after the Emancipation Proclaimation freed millions of slaves who, after 400 years of doing all the labor, were now the most qualified to go into cities and get all the jobs. Labor unions were established and European immigrants were invited in to help prevent the freed slaves from getting jobs.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  45. konrad_k_kay

    Actually I am all for this. With more people identifying as black, their overplayed race card is finally getting worn out plus with some white and Asian genes injected into that tepid pool, some of them will actually do something with their lives – like become president!

    Despite this, I would still never let my daughter marry a black guy – LOL!

    September 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Better my white daughter marry a good black man who will treat her well than a white redneck one that will beat her down. You cannot judge a person's character by their skin color. And if you can't get past how different someone looks than you, how will you ever get to know some of the truly amazing people in your world? Why limit your humanity that way?

      September 28, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Amber

        You're a good person – love your post!

        September 28, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
      • BP Panther

        I have three daughters and that has always been my stand. Good for us.

        September 28, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      Good luck stopping her if/when she falls in love with a black or biracial man...Love is love. I am so lucky and thankful to have open-minded, loving parents that accepted my boyfriend, who became my husband, and eventually the father of our children...

      September 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • cobra6

      Yep! HAW HAW HAW *spitooey!* *scratch scratch* Gud wun, Konrad! A'tll show 'em!

      September 28, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  46. H

    asian + latino nice too

    black: best skin tone, ass and lips

    white: best nose

    asain: best eyes and legs

    hispanics: best hair

    September 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      That is your opinion; my opinion:

      Whites have the best skin tones, hair and features.

      Blacks have the behind, only.

      Asians, by statistics, are the smartest.

      Hispanics have no specific "look."

      September 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • jbcal

        I guess those women who are having their lips injected never got the memo about your opinion.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Bryan

        yeah, whites have the best skin tone...... Whites don't even believe that because if you did, you wouldn't be running to tanning beds and beaches trying to darken your skin like blacks and hispanics. Every summer its the same thing. Some white person will come up and say "I'm almost as dark as you...heh heh".

        September 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Maria

        Is that why Whites Tan to look like hispanics and blacks which both have the lovely skin tones!!

        October 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Trainor

      Most Hispanics I know are WHITE!! They also come in blacks, Asians and Jews and plenty of brown Native American Indians.

      September 28, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  47. Andrew

    I'm sure many people don't realize the extent to how mixed their ethnicity is. I'm sure in reality these numbers are much higher.

    September 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • alan

      I agree. But when people self-identify in this manner (on a survey) they may say that if their own parents didn't call themselves mixed race it means that they aren't either.

      September 28, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  48. antonio

    Hey Smart Black Guy, What are you talking about? Do you care to elaborate? If you're really smart like your name implies explain yourself. You should stop generalizing people. If you even know what that means.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Steven Bradley

    Gee, that's odd, I prefer the term multi-ethnic since genetically there is only one race of human. I am an old mulatto and have always believed we would take over America eventually. Statistical evidence is abundant; a new world is coming soon, maybe even before I move along.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Marcus

    Its not race, it is ethinicity, the race is human.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Professor Smith

      Actually, it is race. Human is a species. Learn your stuff.

      September 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Adam

        Err... Professor??? ...the previously held concept of three races of humans has been dismissed by the academic community for many years... there is only one race and one (living) species (as proven by DNA).

        September 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • fyre

        Nope, the professor is correct. As much as I hate mixing genetics and race due the controversy and ethical issues, not all populations of humans have the same hominid ancestry (ie Neanderthal ancestry is limited to Europeans, Denisovan ancestry limited to Australian aborigines). Even though we've all got different ancestry, we're all human beings, though.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  51. Clark Nova

    Scientists everywhere have reject the theory of race for decades. It's taking forever for the US Government to get its thinking out of the 19th century. Legal recognition of the existence of 'races' is the surest way to enable the practice of racism.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Christina

    Perhaps it is time to eliminate the check boxes and begin identifying ourselves as American.

    September 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Well said. I've go even further and saw we should eliminate all race based aid as well.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One


        Edit button please, CNN.

        September 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • fiftyfive55

        quit being logical and telling the truth,it annoys some folks

        September 28, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Carlos

        Yea race based aid isn't needed, it's not like a large percentage of Blacks live in ghettos. People who argue for this do it because they hate to see their tax money helping black people or people of other races than their own, or they want to keep other races left behind so that white can always dominate. Hate to break it to you but America will one day no longer be white. I would bet that in the south parts of America will attempt to secede and form their own white nation through violent means. White people will be the downfall of this country because alot of them just refuse to unite with their fellow man, they think they're the perfect race.

        September 28, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      Um, the census doesn't just track Americans. It tracks everyone living here.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |