What Will Americans Look Like In 2050? It Is Absolutely Stunning!
Have you ever wondered what your children’s children might look like? It is fascinating to consider what twists and turns your own genes might take as they intermix with people you’ve never met. If you are an American, there is an interesting new report out that attempts to show us what the average American will look like in 2050. The result is absolutely stunning.
As you look at the photos, you need to keep in mind that the idea of race is simply a social one. There really is no biological definition of race. Race is just a way people have decided to sort people into different groups. However, this sorting is largely arbitrary. The people you will see below aren’t necessarily a new race. They are just the natural result of people falling in love and having children with larger samples of people. For thousands of years, both geography and social norms prevented large numbers of people from having children with folks that didn’t look just like themselves. By 2050, the past hundred years of social and geographic change will have absolutely changed that reality.
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The images of the people in the year 2050 were created by the renowned photographer and artist Martin Schoeller. He was commissioned to use his skills to create a collection of faces that show the majority of people that will be walking around in 2050. Incredibly, Schoeller used absolutely no photo-shopping in any of the images. That’s right! This means that all of the people that appear below are real people. Many of them are mixes of at least three different so-called races. You might call some of these people “Blackanese,” “Filatino,” “Chicanese,” and “Korgentinian”. Schoeller used these images of real people to show that this pattern of diverse people marrying and creating children with one another is only projected to increase. In other words, more and more of these types of people are predicted to come into the world. We will see fewer and fewer people that look solely like one group of people that lived in one area of the world long ago.
The numbers strongly support this claim. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau allowed people to select more than one race for their identify for the first time ever on a census application in 2000. 6.8 million people that year identified as being a part of more than one race. Ten years later, a total of almost 9 million people did the same thing. This is an increase of about 32 percent. This number is only projected to be higher for the census scheduled in 2020.
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What do these faces mean for the future social fabric of America? Hopefully, it will continue the long process of eradicating racism. It will be difficult to judge other people based solely upon physical appearance. It will also cause American culture to become richly blended with the traditions of the world. People will have a larger selection of traditions to draw upon when raising their families. However, it may also require people to focus more on economic issues. As race vanishes as a clear barrier between people, wealth and opportunity might become the new division.
What do you think? How many mixed race people do you know? Do the photos move you? Let us know below!