- The speaker noted that the Census Bureau essentially skirted defining what constitutes a mulitracial/biracial person, leaving it up to the person being surveyed to self-identify.Could be because some civil rights groups were concerned about diluting their numbers if people chose to identify as mixed race versus one race. The Census basically does not have a "multiracial" or "biracial" definition. Also, the Census has never used the same race categories for more than three consecutive censuses.
- It seems that younger people are more comfortable with identifying as multiracial.
- Sample historical categories: Historical race categories:
- 1890: “White, Black, Mulatto, Quadroon, Octoroon, Chinese, Japanese, Indian (Quadroon=1/4 black ancestry; Octoroon=1/8 black ancestry)
Could the concern over blood percentages be from eugenics which was in vogue at that time?
- 1960: “White, Negro, American Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Part Hawaiian, Aleut, Eskimo, Other.”
- Stanford University: Research Quick Start Guide: Ethnic Identity: library.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/adams/shortcu/ethi.html.
- Resources By and About Interracial & Multi-Cultural People: www-personal.umich.edu/~kdown/multi.html.
- Interracial Voice: www.webcom.com/~intvoice/
- Multiracial Activist: multiracial.com/site