Thursday, May 28, 2009

Procreative Racial Deconstruction

Multiracial people have become the fastest-growing demographic group in America. I sort of identify with multiracial people. While I'm entirely descended from Bengali village Brahmins myself, the hotness of colorful hair over pale skin makes it likely that my kids will be multiracial.
Demographers attributed the recent population growth to more social acceptance and slowing immigration. They cited in particular the high public profiles of Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama, a self-described "mutt," who are having an effect on those who might self-identify as multiracial.
More social acceptance could definitely be a factor, and I guess immigration is more likely to bring you monoracial people, so that checks out too. The other stuff, I don't know. People don't usually think, "Tiger Woods and Barack Obama have high public profiles! I wonder if that black girl I know wants to get some drinks tonight." Maybe somebody can explain this to me. [Update: I guess they're saying that Tiger and Barack caused higher social acceptance of interbreeding. That makes sense, even if Obama's election strikes me as a little too recent a development to have an impact here.]

This next bit seems a bit optimistic, but it's exciting to hear:

"The significance of race as we know it in today's legal and government categories will be obsolete in less than 20 years," said William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings Institution.

"The rise of mixed-race voters will dilute the racial identity politics that have become prevalent in past elections," he said.

Or in the best line from Bulworth, "All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fucking everybody 'til they're all the same color."

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