In 1998, Edward Ball, author of , traced his ancestry back to when his family first arrived in America.
He was a descendant of South Carolina slave owners.
The term's historical use in contexts that typically implied disapproval is also a reason why more unambiguously neutral terms such as interracial, interethnic or cross-cultural are more common in contemporary usage.
In Spanish, Portuguese, and French, the words used to describe the mixing of races are mestizaje, mestiçagem and métissage.
Today, the mixes among races and ethnicities are diverse, so it is considered preferable to use the term "mixed-race" or simply "mixed" (mezcla).
One poignant modern day story which addresses this issue is .Because of the term's historical use in contexts that typically implied disapproval, more unambiguously neutral terms such as interracial, interethnic, or cross-cultural are more common in contemporary usage.The term miscegenation has been used since the 19th century to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations, In the present day, the word miscegenation is avoided by many scholars, because the term suggests a concrete biological phenomenon, rather than a categorization imposed on certain relationships.Essentially, if someone had as little as 1/32 of African heritage, he/she would be labeled black.While the ‘one drop’ rule is not necessarily used to determine how one identifies racially today, still it is interesting to contemplate how different America might be if more white people learned that actually they are not as white as they may think.American actress, Carol Channing, learned when she was sixteen years old that her father’s birth certificate listed him as ‘colored’ as his mother had been African American.