Mar
12
2007

Love conquers all

This summer will mark the 40th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, a United States Supreme Court decision which declared state laws against inter-racial marriage were unconstitutional. In 1967, inter-racial marriages were illegal in 27 states, and comprised only 2% of all marriages. Today, 7.5% of marriages are inter-racial. Experts cite two reasons for this increase:

1) thanks largely to immigration, the US is a more diverse country today than it was 40 years ago. People of different races have a much higher chance of meeting and falling in love.

2) There has been a trend toward marrying later in life. An adult in their 30s or 40s is less likely to submit to parental pressure than someone in their early 20s.

All this has led to a great change in attitudes. In 1972, some 39% of Americans still felt there should be laws against inter-racial marriages. 30 years later, that had shrunk to 10%, and was even smaller among young people, meaning this taboo is clearly fading from American life.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe there has been a greater acceptance and an increase in mixed or inter-racial marraiges to date. Immigration and civil rights have changed everything.

As a child growing up in the 70's inter-racial marriage was not a topic that was discussed or accepted. Racial acceptance was still in flux with the civil rights movement and the influx of refugees from the Vietnam war and later in the 80's conflicts in Latin America. In school we were learning what discrimination meant without realizing the extent of their effects on not only respecting others but in housing, employment, and education (still). We were taught to accept and respect others not based on color/race/culture but because we are all created equal in the religious sense all God's children (brothers and sisters)

When I met my husband, I did not think so much about our racial differences but of what both of our cultures shared in common. Unfortunately, we did not get the acceptance and support that we needed to make it a successful union. I have seen a tremendous change even now in the last 10 years in social services and in general in attitudes that would have made a difference in our success. With the increase in immigration, and the generations of children of immigrants, it has become more common yet in some was not quite as accepted as one would hope. It is a difficult union at times but with increased acceptance and a strong belief in who you are (racially/culturally) those negative reactions will eventually subside and may even change others' attitudes to be more positive. I am curious to know what turn will come with the heated discussion of immigration reform.

posted on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 1:39pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And here's an article on inter-racial dating. It cites studies showing that men of all races are more open to an inter-racial relationship than women of all races, and that black women are the least likely to pursue an inter-racial relationship.

posted on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 9:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm american, fell in love with a mexican, the end.

posted on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 9:45pm
Andy Sedgwick's picture

People will do all sorts of things, all in the name of love. Racial boundaries are still evident in present society, and yet people of different races (who are in love with each other) would go through such (often painful) extents - all in love's name.

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 1:47pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A study by the Pew Research Center finds that last year, 1 in 7 marriages in the US involved a couple from different racial or ethnic backgrounds, the highest level yet recorded.

posted on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 11:01am

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