While these forces are real, studies indicate both positive and negatives of interracial attractions. And not all races approach interracial dating in the same way.Several studies show that the differences between interracial couples don’t necessarily strain the relationship itself. Census Bureau allowed Americans to check more than one race on their forms, 6.8 million did so. Moreover, there are certain races that suffered more from these judgments than others.
Young people are even more open-minded: Roughly 9 in 10 millennials said they’d be OK with a family member marrying someone of another race or ethnicity.
But the significance of the change goes beyond simple acceptance.
Even as we make progress, certain prejudices and long-standing misperceptions persist.
But we’re getting there, Lee said: “Increased intermarriage and interracial dating indicate that the racial boundaries that have long separated groups are slowly beginning to fade.” America is changing, and cross-racial connections are just one powerful force helping us on the way.
While things have come a long way, we all know racism still exist, even in dating.
According to Pew Research Center data, the share of all interracial or interethnic marriages in America is at a historic high of 8.4%. Compare that with 1980, when less than 7% of new marriages took place between interracial couples and the share of overall marriages was just 3%. In 1987, Pew found that only 13% of Americans completely agreed that interracial dating was acceptable; that share grew to 56% in 2009.
Now, after 5 years of watching the show, the fact that Olivia and Fitz are an interracial couple is far less important to the most viewers than the shows next outrageous storyline.
Then there’s the persistent presence of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on our magazine covers show how it’s done in real life.
Moreover, the palpable differences between two people can be a positive force: Research from 1997 found that “individuals involved in interracial romantic relationships report they value each other’s differences as providing novelty and contributing to self-expansion.” Some more than others One outcome of interracial is multiracial families. The Ok Cupid data shows that Black men and women both face the biggest “penalties” from daters of other races, an unfortunate sign of continued discrimination against Blacks.