Some nine percent of marriages in the United States are between people of different races and ethnicities. This rate, which has nearly doubled over the past 30 years, was announced with no small amount of fanfare by the New York Times in its latest Sunday edition. An accompanying video, “Young and Mixed in America,” profiles undergraduates at the University of Maryland who are “on the forefront of a demographic shift.” The Times seems to be claiming that one day all Americans will look like this. And that's a good thing, judging by the Times’s descriptions of the bright young people who are “rejecting the color line” and moving “beyond” black-and-white, towards an über-tolerant, identity-less utopia.
Dashing the Times’s great hope for post-racialism is the reality that mixing the races simply creates… more races. In the American context, most mulattos have been identified—and chosen to identify themselves—as Black. Our current president, for instance, adheres to the “one drop rule.” But there’s no reason to believe that this will continue indefinitely, especially when so many new admixtures are present and particular admixtures are becoming prominent. “Harvard Happa,” a society for half-Asians/half-Caucasians at America’s most prestigious university, speaks to hybrids’ quite natural desire to identify themselves as a people. More important, the “Raza”of Latino-nationalist lore is not one of the three Great Races (White, Yellow, and Black) but an admixture—or rather, various admixtures—of European, African, and Central and South American Indian genes.
And the Times should hesitate before suggesting that miscegenation leads to better social relations. In Haiti, every generation or two, one hears calls to “kill the mulattos!” I don’t think anything like this will happen to Ivy League “Happas,” but as America’s economy continues to decline, many mixed-race people will, no doubt, be caught in the middle of racial conflict.
And the Times is also fooling itself in thinking that the new American melting pot will be random and indiscriminate. To the contrary, people “mix it up” in well established patterns, the most obvious deriving from the special attraction between Asian females and White males. This issue was given definitive treatment by Steve Sailer in his classic essay “Is Love Colorblind?” which I’ve elected to re-post.