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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050 – and it’s Stunning

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This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050 – and it’s Stunning

With the increasing trend of interracial partnerships, it’s much more common for an individual to belong to a variety of ethnic backgrounds. As Policy Mic bluntly summarized, “in a matter of years we’ll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race.” They’re absolutely right. But what will that look like?

To answer this question, National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this theme… and what they came up with is beautiful.

Renowned photographer and portrait artist, Martin Schoeller, was commissioned to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multicultural future. This is what the average American will look like by 2050:
This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050 – and it’s Stunning - National Geographic

And like this:
This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050 – and it’s Stunning - National Geographic

And this:
This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050 – and it’s Stunning - National Geographic

What’s most entrancing is that none of these photographs are photo-shopped projections, but real people. That means America’s next generation will be a mix of “Blackanese,” “Filatino,” “Chicanese,” and “Korgentinian”.

The numbers of these mixes will only grow. It was in 2000 that the U.S. Census Bureau let respondents check more than one race for the first time, and 6.8 million people did so. By 2010, that figure had increased to nearly 9 million – a spike of 32%.

What does this mean for the future in terms of racism? Such mixture is encouraging, but there are definitely flaws with tracking racial population growth through a survey that encourages people to self-identify. This is especially so since so many familial, cultural, and even geographical factors influence one’s decision to claim multiple races.

Race has no definition, no basis in biology, yet its constructions, functions, and mythologies irrevocably shape the world as we know it. Policy Mic further contemplates this – musing on how the trend for interracial marriages continues to grow, and in effect, how racial discrimination may optimistically dissolve in the future.

Regardless of its implications, such change should be celebrated. Intermixing is a symbol of rapidly changing America, and perhaps by 2050 we’ll witness a country united by its diversity, unique interests, and melded backgrounds.

References: Policy Mic - National Geographic

Source: True Activist via The Mind Unleashed

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  1. this is beautiful for sure! but within me i would be a liar to say maybe one day we wont see the beauty of white people ever again which is upsetting *not racist i hope you guys will agree*

    1. Ben sollis...
      you sound extremely ignorant and racist and jealous! White people are beautiful and wonderful in so many ways that other are not! We all have beautiful people as well as ugly ones...I say with your attitude with whites, your one of the ugly ones! Ultimately its whats on the inside that makes people beautiful!

  2. So most of us will have big noses. fantastic. That was really the only difference I saw because even now and ten years ago, people came is all shapes and colors.

  3. I hope I'm dead by then...
    I'm sorry, non of those men were attractive at all! I love all men, but I happen to be very much attracted to European blooded white men! Plus I dont like the idea of everyone looking like there related, most people dont want to fuck there brother/sister or cousin! ;-)

  4. So true..its what is on the inside that counts!


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