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These things shape political views of biracial youth

Biracial young adults who identify with the races of both of their parents are more likely to be socially progressive and liberal, the author of a new book finds.

Biracial youth who identify with the races of both of their parents tend to be more socially progressive and liberal than young people with a single racial background.

The multiracial population is one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States, says Lauren Davenport, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University and author of a new book, Politics Beyond Black and White (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Curious to know more about how this group aligns politically, Davenport analyzed data from the US Census and national surveys of college students. She also conducted in-depth interviews with biracial youth to learn what goes into their self-identification and shapes their political attitudes.

Gender and socioeconomic status are among the strongest predictors of how a person of mixed race chooses to identify, Davenport found. Biracial women are more likely than men to identify with both of their races rather than one, and biracial people from more affluent backgrounds are more likely to identify as just white.

Davenport recently talked about her findings and their implications for America’s future.

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