The fastest growing demographic in the United States are people who claim more than one race, as we’ve previously reported. All eyes are one the products of interracial relationships, and how they see themselves, and where they feel they fit into the world. Well, a recent study revealed that “multiracial” is split by gender, and the daughters of interracial unions are more likely to call themselves “multiracial” than the sons of such unions are.
Lauren Davenport, professor of political science at Stanford, sifted data from tens of thousands of incoming college freshmen with multi-racial backgrounds across the country.
She discovered that gender played a big role in whether children of interracial parents identified themselves as multiracial. Among children of black-white unions, 76% of the female freshmen defined themselves as multi-racial. Only 64% of male freshmen from the same background did.
A similar pattern held true for children of Latino-white unions, with 40% of females defining themselves as multi-racial, but only 32% of guys, and for children of Asian-white unions, with 56% of females, and only 50% of males.
Why? Davenport speculates in her study that in general it may be easier for biracial women to cross between societies, because they are stereotyped as “a mysterious, intriguing racial ‘other,’’ while biracial men may be more likely to be perceived simply as ‘people of color.’ Davenport’s argument: “the different ways that biracial people are viewed by others influences how they see themselves.”
Money also plays a role in how children of interracial couples identify themselves. The richer a family is, the more likely children are to identify themselves as white.
This is purely speculation on my part, but it makes sense that girls from such unions are making this distinction because it increases dating options to all races of men, especially when it comes to online dating.
The “One Drop Rule” has been extremely confining to children of biracial unions, who are often forced to “pick a side” and claim/renounce one side or another.