The commercial featuring a biracial family has led to a debate over race in the US. Social media comments have been fierce, nasty and unusually racist after the makers of Cheerios last week aired and then posted online a commercial featuring a sweet, mixed-race girl.

According to Cheerios, the commercial is a step in the right direction to represent multicultural families. However, some in this country can’t accept multicultural families. Let’s face it, it’s here, now and it’s reality . According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people reporting that they are of two or more races reached 9 million during the 2010 U.S. census, a 32 percent increase from 2000 to 2010.

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