Portuguese also uses miscigenação, derived from the same Latin root as the English word.
Fans see its effects in modern films, like Jordan Peele’s new hit, “Get Out,” and in commercials for Cheerios and Chase Bank celebrating interracial couples.
Some groups in South America, however, consider the use of the word mestizo offensive because it was used during the times of the colony to refer specifically to the mixing between the conquistadores and the indigenous people.
Today, the mixes among races and ethnicities are diverse, so it is considered preferable to use the term "mixed-race" or simply "mixed" (mezcla).
Still, Rick and Michonne's relationship, which will be highlighted once again during Sunday night's episode, is symbolic of mainstream television being more and more a reflection of modern society when it comes to race and dating. The number of "intermarriages" is now past the 15 percent mark.
As of 2010, just one in 10 married couples identified as interracial with the U. Attitudes towards interracial marriages have also changed.