The terms mixed-race, biracial or multiracial are becoming generally accepted.In other languages, translations of miscegenation did not become politically incorrect.
These terms are now often considered offensive and are becoming obsolete.Perhaps the most significant change for Census 2000 was that respondents were given the option to mark one or more races on the questionnaire to indicate their racial identity.Census 2000 race data are shown for people who reported a race either alone or in combination with one or more other races.These include mixed-race (or simply "mixed"), biracial, multiracial, multiethnic, polyethnic, half, half-and-half, métis, creole, mestizo, mulatto, melungeon, criollo, chindian, dougla, quadroon, zambo, eurasian, hāfu, and pardo.Individuals of multiracial backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population in many parts of the world.Mestee, once widely used, is now used mostly for members of historically mixed-race groups, such as Louisiana Creoles, Melungeons, Redbones, Brass Ankles and Mayles.
In South Africa, and much of English-speaking southern Africa, the term Coloured was used to describe a mixed-race person and also Asians not of African descent.
In many countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, mixed-race people make up the majority of the population.
Other countries where multiracial people make up a sizable portion of the population are the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Brazil, the Netherlands, Spain, parts of Africa and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, and Fiji.
While the term is socially accepted, it is becoming an outdated due to its association with the apartheid era.
In Latin America, where mixtures became tri-racial after the introduction of African slavery, a panoply of terms developed during the colonial period, including terms such as zambo for persons of Amerindian and African descent.
S Census by any combination of races, whereas before Americans were required to select from only one category. has a growing multiracial identity movement, reflective of a desire by people to claim their full identities.