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01-Mar-2015 20:29

The Census Bureau first started allowing people to choose more than one racial category to describe themselves in 2000.Since then, the nation’s multiracial population has grown substantially.Still, few see their multiracial background as a liability.In fact, only 4% say having a mixed racial background has been a disadvantage in their life.Between 20, the number of white and black biracial Americans more than doubled, while the population of adults with a white and Asian background increased by 87%.

As America becomes more racially diverse and social taboos against interracial marriage fade, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that majorities of multiracial adults are proud of their mixed-race background (60%) and feel their racial heritage has made them more open to other cultures (59%).

At the same time, a majority (55%) say they have been subjected to racial slurs or jokes, and about one-in-four (24%) have felt annoyed because people have made assumptions about their racial background.