Thank you, Pew Research!

Multiracial in America

Intermarriage Report

From Pew Research:

One-in-six newlyweds (17%) were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015. This reflects a steady increase in intermarriage since 1967, when just 3% of newlyweds were intermarried, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center analysis.

While Asian (29%) and Hispanic (27%) newlyweds are most likely to intermarry in the U.S., the most dramatic increases in intermarriage have occurred among black newlyweds, 18% of whom married someone of a different race or ethnicity, up from 5% in 1980. About one-in-ten white newlyweds (11%) are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity.

Among both Gen Zers and Millennials, 53% say people of different races marrying each other is a good thing for our society, compared with 41% of Gen Xers, 30% of Boomers and 20% of those in the Silent Generation, according to the Center’s 2019 report.

Misinformation Warning

This was reported in #MixedRace Daily on September 28, 2017:

www­.attn­.com – In 2015, the Pew Research Center reported an estimated 60 percent of Americans were proud to have a multiracial background.

It is entirely untrue. We do not know why #MixedRace Daily continues to mislead the multiracial community. The study done in 2015 by the Pew Research Center only studied 1,555 multiracial people. They did not study all Americans and therefore, the statement is untrue. Sixty percent of Americans are not multiracial. Therefore, the statement is grossly misleading. We have repeatedly proven the #MixedRace Daily information to be false and misleading.

Please be careful where you get your information about the multiracial community.

Pew Research Report

You can read the new Pew Research Report on Interracial Marriage in the United States here:

http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/05/19102233/Intermarriage-May-2017-Full-Report.pdf

Oh Pew!

Oh Pew!

 

The Pew Research Center is the premier group that gathers and analyzes data in America. Many of us trust Pew. They have been good to the multiracial community. For example, they came out recently with a big report called “Multiracial in America.” Good times. We gave them big thumbs up.

Last week Pew came out with a report called “Who is Multiracial? Depends on How you Ask: A Comparison of Six Survey Methods to Capture Racial Identity.”

So far so good; but then they go into their six methods.

Method 1: Standard two-question Measure. Per the Census Bureau, Pew asks respondent to select one or more races, with a separate question measuring Hispanic identity. Nothing new there and the response was “3.7% of Americans are mixed race.” What happened to the wording “Multiracial”? OK, so they were establishing a baseline of sorts. Result was 3.7% of American adults were “mixed race.”

Method 2: Census Alternative Measure. Pew tested a question being considered for the 2020 census in which the Hispanic origin response is included with the racial categories in a “mark one or more” format. Not good. It lends itself to the Census Bureau calling us “MOOMs” (Mark One Or More). Result 4.8%

Method 3: Census Measure with Parents’ Races. Oh come on, Pewsters!?! This was brought up in the ‘90s. Multiracial identity is complex. The answer does not lie in the race of the parents because parents may differ from their parents in their identities completely. This is why self-identification is so important. Get it? Result 10.8%

Method 4: Census Measure with Parents’ and Grandparents’ races. See Method 3 plus what about people who were adopted and know nothing of their grandparents’ races. Result 16.6%.

Method 5: Point Allocation Measure. Multiracial adults were given 10 “identity points” to allocate themselves across racial or ethnic categories. What? Are we back to octoroons and quadroons of past slavery days? Let’s not forget that a fraction by any other name is still a fraction. I would call this an ineffective method that is an affront to the multiracial community despite the resulting 12%.

Method 6: Attitudinal Measure. They asked people directly “do you consider yourself to be mixed race: that is, belonging to more than one racial group?” We would change “mixed race” to multiracial,” because it is a more acceptable and respectable terminology. Results: 12%

We like Method 6 best, with our slight alteration, even though it doesn’t result in the highest number of multiracial responses it’s clear, simple, and probably the most accurate.

You can read the entire 32 page report at: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/11/06/who-is-multiracial-depends-on-how-you-ask/​

Be sure you take a look at the “References,” which are mostly Census Bureau folks. It begs the question, “Who is multiracial? Depends on Who You Ask.”

 

 

What happened to multiracial identity?

The world of racial identification according to Pew Research:

    First, the multiracial categories that include black racial identity are categorized as black. (7 CPS categories)

  • Next, if the multiracial category does not include black, but does include Asian or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, the person is categorized as Asian or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. (6 CPS categories)
  • Then, if the multiracial response includes white, the person is categorized as white. (This option has the effect of assigning persons reporting white and American Indian as white.)
  • Finally, because the CPS includes only 14 of the 26 possible multiracial categories, it has two residual multiracial categories—“2 or 3 Races” and “4 or 5 Races”. Persons in these two residual categories are assigned as black.4

Did NBC and Pew Research Forget Multiracial People?

U.S. population is predicted to shift by race and ethnicity by 2060.

Pew Makes Multiracial Data Invisible

Pew Research is probably the biggest generator of data on race and ethnicity except for the federal government. Project RACE has, for years, appealed to them to include the multiracial community and they have refused. Perhaps they don’t want to ruffle the feathers of the feds. We just don’t know, and they won’t tell us. -Susan

67 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Major League Baseball looks very different

 

Jackie Robinson is caught off first base. Credit: Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

Major League Baseball is celebrating Jackie Robinson, who became the league’s first African-American player on April 15, 1947.

Robinson’s entry led the way to integrated teams and a steady rise in the number of professional black baseball players. However, in recent years, there has been growing concern about the declining share of black players in the league.

The share of black MLB players reached a high of 18.7% in 1981, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2014, 8.3% of players on opening day rosters were black. Before the most recent decade’s decline, the last time baseball had such a small share of black players was 1958.

FT_14.04.16_BaseballAs the number of black players has declined, baseball has seen a rising share of white players, a trend that stands in stark contrast to the steady decline of whites as a share of the U.S. population. In 2012, the percentage of white ballplayers (63.9%) increased to levels last seen in 1995, when 64.5% of players were white.

Historically, the share of white players has been shrinking since the color barrier was broken, bottoming out at 60.3% in 2004. Since then, the percentage of white players has trended upward.

Major League Baseball’s racial diversity today roughly mirrors that of the U.S. population. In 2012, whites comprised about the same share of the population (63%) as they did in Major League Baseball, according to the most recent comparable data. By contrast, Hispanics were overrepresented in baseball, comprising 26.9% of players and 17% of the U.S. population. (When Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, less than 1% of players were Latino.)

In 2012, blacks were underrepresented in baseball, making up 7.2% of players and 13% of the nation’s population. Asians made up 1.9% of players in 2012 and 5% of the U.S. population. In 1993, there were no Asians in Major League Baseball, according to the baseball research group.

It’s worth noting that the majority of Asian (80%) and Hispanic (84%) players in 2012 were born outside the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (i.e. foreign born or born in a U.S. territory like Puerto Rico), according to the Society for American Baseball Research.

In 2014, some 223 players, or 26%, were born outside of the 50 U.S. states and District of Columbia. The largest number of players come from Latin America. The Dominican Republic leads the way with 82 players, followed by Venezuela (59) and Cuba (19). Puerto Rico had 11 players. Among Asian countries, Japan (9) had the most players, followed by South Korea (2) and Taiwan (2).