For centuries, racial differences have defined the borders between tribes and classes, feeding discrimination and xenophoby. But with the arrival of the global village, interracial relationships are becoming norm rather than exception.
In a matter of years we'll have mingled ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race. But what will we look like? National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this very question, calling on writer Lise Funderburg and Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation's multiracial future. Meet the people beyond race.
Daisy Fencl, 3, San Antonio, Texas Parents’ ID for her: Korean and Hispanic Census Boxes Checked: has not yet been counted
Kelly Williams II, 17, Dallas, Texas Self-ID: African American and German/multiracial Census Boxes Checked: black
Sandra Williams, 46, Chicago, Illinois Self-ID: biracial/“human being” Census Boxes Checked: black
Christopher Braxton, 33, Brooklyn, New York Self-ID: half African American, half Korean/Blasian Census Boxes Checked: black/Korean
Mariyam Nayeri, 33, Brooklyn, New York Self-ID: Mexican and Saudi Census Boxes Checked: some other race
Adrian Adrid, 24, Haleiwa, Hawaii Self-ID: white Census Boxes Checked: white/Filipino
Lula Newman, 7, New York, New York Self-ID: Chinese, Indonesian, German, Polish, Welsh Census Boxes Checked: white/Chinese/other Asian
Alexander Sugiura, 27, Brooklyn, New York Self-ID: American, ethnically Jewish Census Boxes Checked: Japanese
Helen Robertson, 54, Los Angeles, California Self-ID: English Census Boxes Checked: white/Asian
Jacob Benavente, 5, Torrance, California Self-ID: American Census Boxes Checked: Asian/native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander
Jesse Lee, 32, New York, New York Self-ID: half Chinese, quarter Swedish, quarter French Census Boxes Checked: Chinese
Yudah Holman, 29, Los Angeles, California Self-ID: half Thai, half black Census Boxes Checked: other Asian
Koert van Mensvoort: The virus makes us aware of other lifeforms with other perspectives, desires and needs. It also teaches us that we are one humanity. These viral invaders don’t discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, income, social status, political or sexual preference. We are together and must work together to overcome. Stay safe.