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Multiracial Americans are Americans who have mixed ancestry of "two or more races". The term may also include Americans of mixed-race ancestry who self-identify with just one group culturally and socially (cf. the one-drop rule). In the 2010 US census, approximately 9 million individuals, or 2.9% of the population, self-identified as multiracial. There is evidence that an accounting by genetic ancestry would produce a higher number, but people live according to social and cultural identities, not DNA. Historical reasons, including slavery creating a racial caste and the European-American suppression of Native Americans, often led people to identify or be classified by only one ethnicity, generally that of the culture they were raised in. Prior to the mid-20th century, many people hid their multiracial heritage because of racial discrimination against minorities. While many Americans may be biologically multiracial, they often do not know it or do not identify so culturally, any more than they maintain all the differing traditions of a variety of national ancestries.
After a period of racial segregation in the former Confederacy following the Reconstruction Era, and bans on interracial marriage in various parts of the country, more people are forming interracial unions again. Social conditions have changed and it is no longer seen as socially advantageous to try to "pass" as white. In addition, increasingly diverse immigration has brought more mixed-race people into the United States, such as the large population of Hispanics self-identifying as Mestizos. In addition, since the 1980s, the United States has had a growing multiracial identity movement (cf. Loving Day). Because more Americans have been embracing their mixed racial origins in recent decades, the 2000 census for the first time allowed residents to identify as multiracial by checking more than one ethno-racial identity. In 2008 Barack Obama was elected as the first multiracial President of the United States; he has an acknowledged multiracial background and identifies as African American.
Today, multiracial individuals are found in every corner of the country. Multiracial groups in the US include Métis Americans, Mestizo Americans, Hapas, Melungeons, Lumbees, Houmas, and several other communities found primarily in the Eastern US.
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