our Loving Day screening…June 7, 2011
Our upcoming SIFF screening:
Sunday, June 12th at 1pm @ Admiral Theater (W Seattle)
SIFF tickets for A Lot Like You are on sale now.
June 12th is also known as “Loving Day,” named after the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriages in the US. This Sunday will mark the 44th anniversary of this ruling.
According to Census 2000:
There are approximately 3.1 million interracial couples, which is about six percent of all married couples.
About 6.8 million Americans identified themselves as being two or more races, which is 2.4 percent of the total U.S. population.
40 percent of the 6.8 million Americans who checked more than one box for race live in the West. That compares with 27 percent in the South, 18 percent in the Northeast and 15 percent in the Midwest.
The story of race in the U.S. is rapidly changing. According to U.S. Census estimates, multiracial Americans have become one of the country’s fastest growing demographic groups. Nicholas Jones, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Racial Statistics Branch, says the number of mixed-race individuals has increased about 25 percent since the 2000 census. “These are mainly driven by births of children from interracial parent couples,” he says.
This is especially true in the Seattle area, which has a higher concentration of mixed-race people than any other metro area in the country. As such, we are uniquely positioned to frame the conversation about race and cultural identity around the experiences of mixed-heritage individuals.
Additional resources on mixed-heritage experience:
~ Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America
~ Mixed Race Studies: scholarly perspectives on the Mixed Race Experience by Steven F. Riley
~Lornet Turnbull (Seattle Times) This is Who I Am: Defining Mixed Race Identity