|That chick from The Office and Parks and Recreation is Black?|
One in seven new marriages is between spouses of different races or ethnicities, according to data from 2008 and 2009 that was analyzed by the Pew Research Center. Multiracial and multiethnic Americans (usually grouped together as “mixed race”) are one of the country’s fastest-growing demographic groups. And experts expect the racial results of the 2010 census, which will start to be released next month, to show the trend continuing or accelerating.
No one knows quite how the growth of the multiracial population will change the country. Optimists say the blending of the races is a step toward transcending race, to a place where America is free of bigotry, prejudice and programs like affirmative action.
Pessimists say that a more powerful multiracial movement will lead to more stratification and come at the expense of the number and influence of other minority groups, particularly African-Americans.
And some sociologists say that grouping all multiracial people together glosses over differences in circumstances between someone who is, say, black and Latino, and someone who is Asian and white. (Among interracial couples, white-Asian pairings tend to be better educated and have higher incomes, according to Reynolds Farley, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan.)
Along those lines, it is telling that the rates of intermarriage are lowest between blacks and whites, indicative of the enduring economic and social distance between them.
The best line is this one, "Optimists say the blending of the races is a step toward transcending race, to a place where America is free of bigotry, prejudice and programs like affirmative action."
It is SBPDL's belief that as long as programs like affirmative action exist then prejudicial thoughts will persist. Look, NASA is always going to be searching for that Black scientist to dispel bigots who believe they just don't exist save in movies, because they just don't exist save in movies.
A multiracial society will always have bigotry, because one racial group will always perform at a higher rate than other racial groups. Resentment will grow and efforts to rectify this problem will be codified into law. Thus is born affirmative action and ideas such as disparate impact.
The New York Times article does mention income inequality as one of primary reasons that Black and white pairings are a rarity, as opposed to pairings from the model minority - Asians - and white people.
It should be obvious though that Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Sailer are correct about a rise of a mulatto elite. Educated Black women are finding it difficult to find suitable mates (some urge interracial dating), with the high incarceration rate of Black males coupled with the horrible rates of education force many of these women into childless situations.
Those Black women that are having kids tend to be single parents with a net worth of $5 dollars.
The real bigotry toward the mulatto elite and those mixed-race individuals profiled so glowingly by The New York Times will come from the majority of Black people who do not pass the Brown Paper Bag Test (BPBT).
Real Black people are being left behind at a rate that would make Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins mad with envy, while those Black people with white relatives (one-drop) are getting ahead at a much faster rate. Only in sports are authentically Black people getting ahead.
Take the curious story of current Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones. SBPDL loves The Office and when Jones was on that show it never occurred to us that she was partially Black. In fact, the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton faced discrimination from a Black sorority she tried to join because she didn't look Black enough:
Rashida is a Harvard grad. She claims she struggled with her identity there and was "rejected" by some traditionally black sororities. While I feel Rashida on her inability to fit in, I've never met a black sorority who turned down an not-black-black-woman considering that many black Greek organizations have historically LOVED women who can pass a paper bag test and LOVE any women, black or NBBP, who have rich, famous fathers.
Rashida Jones is not Black enough by Black peoples standards to be considered Black, though The New York Times continues to tell us that bigotry will go away as soon as evil white racists all die off so that multiculturalism can usher in a new era of peace and utter tranquility.
Wouldn't it be nice if society worked the way Stuff White People Like (SWPL) white people wish it did?
We at Stuff Black People Don't Like can only laugh at stories such as the one The New York Times has just published and will assuredly publish as 2010 Census data becomes available. To understand the real America, just read The Big Sort.
The stratification in America by race, income, political ideology and class is incredible right.
Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) can have their multiracial fairytale, but the truth is they only welcome members of the mulatto elite into the neighborhoods, though they will never tire from fighting for the rights of permanently disadvantaged Black people from afar.
And Rashida Jones still will never, ever be considered authentically Black.