Patters of interracial dating
And, as sociologist Dan Lichter points out, the biggest increase appears to be within minority groups. Interestingly, although younger people were more accepting of intermarriage, the Pew report found little difference in actual intermarriage rates by age—newlyweds age 50 or older were about as likely to marry out as younger newlyweds.Only 11 percent of 2008 intermarriages were between black and white Americans, reflecting the persistent cultural resistance against relationships between these races.Interracial marriage was even illegal in at least 15 U. As the education and income gaps between racial and ethnic groups shrank, so did the social distance between them. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriages were unconstitutional in 1967, a reported 72 percent of southern white Americans and 42 percent of northern whites said they supported an outright ban on interracial relationships.(August 2010) When Ann Dunham, a white woman, married a black African student, Barack Obama Sr., in 1961, marriage between white and black Americans was rare. In 2010, with Barack Obama Jr., in the White House, attitudes toward interracial dating and marriage are very different.Less than 3 percent of all marriages were interracial in 1960, and the public generally disapproved of such unions. Not surprisingly, this transformation is most evident among young people.For whites, men and women are about as likely to marry a Hispanic, but differ in their rates of marriage to blacks and Asians (see Figure 2).A recent study of profiles submitted to the online dating website showed, for example, that whites are more open to dating Hispanics and Asians than blacks are.
Older Americans are not as tolerant: About 55 percent of those ages 50 to 64 and just 38 percent of those 65 or older said they would not mind if a family member married someone of another race.Most people appear willing to date outside their race, but they still state preferences.Most common were marriages between a white and a Hispanic (41 percent), followed by marriage between a white and an Asian American (15 percent).Figure 2 White Men and Women Who "Married Out" in 2008 by Race/Ethnicity of Spouse Note: "Other" includes American Indians, people identifying with more than one race, and "some other race." Source: Paul Taylor et al., These 2008 marriages follow similar patterns by sex as interracial marriages of previous decades.While racial discrimination is still evident, the boundaries separating the major ethnic and racial groups have become more porous.
A recent survey found that young Americans ages 18 to 29 have nearly universal acceptance of interracial dating and marriage within their own families.