Our numbers are growing - dramatically. Data from the U.S. census and Pew Research Center suggests there are 9 million mixed race people in the U.S., though we know this number doesn't include everyone in our MiXD community, like people of multiple ethnicities (hello, half Puerto Rican here!). Even looking at just the race piece of the puzzle, the trends are incredible:
This means the numbers of multiracial babies being born are growing exponentially. And all of these babies are going to grow up figuring out who they are. Back to Pew data, a full 60% of multiracial people only consider themselves to be one race; the top reasons for feeling this way are looking like one race, being raised as one race, and not knowing the family member of the second racial background.
How do we help our children embrace their mixed backgrounds? Here are a few tips.