Meet Humanity beyond Race, it’s Beautiful

Van Mensvoort
June 25th 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yudah Holman, 29, Los Angeles, California
Self-ID: half Thai, half black
Census Boxes Checked: other Asian

Ariel Toole, 14, Chicago, Illinois Self-ID: mixed race/multiracial Census Boxes Checked: white/black/Vietnamese

Ariel Toole, 14, Chicago, Illinois
Self-ID: mixed race/multiracial
Census Boxes Checked: white/black/Vietnamese

Joshua Ahsoak, 34, Anchorage, Alaska Self-ID: Jewish and Inupiat Eskimo/“Juskimo” Census Boxes Checked: Alaska Native

Joshua Ahsoak, 34, Anchorage, Alaska
Self-ID: Jewish and Inupiat Eskimo/“Juskimo”
Census Boxes Checked: Alaska Native

Hosanna Marshall, 32, New York, New York Self-ID: African American, Native American, white, and Jewish Census Boxes Checked: black

Hosanna Marshall, 32, New York, New York
Self-ID: African American, Native American, white, and Jewish
Census Boxes Checked: black

Via National Geographic

Share your thoughts and join the technology debate!

 

Comments are members only. Login to your account and join the technology debate.

LOGIN
Not a member? Join us

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

Join us!
Already a member? Login.