WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mariah Carey's latest album may have flopped, but it seems the sexy chanteuse is still in style. As a person of mixed ethnicity (she's Irish and African-American), she is one of a quickly growing group in America.
A recent study by Pew Research shows nearly 7% of Americans now are multiracial, significantly higher than the less than 2% estimate in the last census.
Why the change? Well, interracial marriage is on the rise and expected to keep going up. In 1970, 1 in 100 babies born were multiracial. In 2013, it was 1 in 10.
Interesting to note, though, 61% of multiracial folks do not identify themselves as such. They choose one race or another.
60% of them are proud of being mixed, but most say they have been subjected to slurs and jokes because of it.
Let's hope, as this group grows larger, Americans finally get over their misconceptions and racist attitudes and learn to appreciate each other for the content of their characters rather the color of their skin.