At River Ridge High School in Lacey, Washington students learn to think outside the box. And not just in class…but on this year’s census form too. They’re backgrounds may be different, but they share a common identity as multiracial.
WATCH MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO’S NIGHTLY NEWS REPORT ON BIRACIAL KIDS AND THE CENSUS HERE:
More than half of those identifying as multiracial are under 20, making it the fastest growing demographic in the country—increasing at ten times the rate of the white population.
But activist Louie Gong says it’s about time official forms caught up to the awareness of mixed race identity. “If people can memorize 20 different ways to order their coffee than we can learn more than just a few different ways to talk about race and identity,” says Gong.
What you see here is definitely a glimpse into the future.