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Key facts about race and marriage, 50 years after Loving v. Virginia
Here's how to inoculate ourselves against negative ones. Verified by Psychology Today. Intimate interracial relationships have long been considered indicative of the social distance between groups, a barometer for gauging race relations. Social distance describes the feelings of similarity and closeness, or dissimilarity and rejection, that members of a group have toward members of some other group Bogardus ; Simmel Increasing rates of interracial and interethnic marriage —from about 7 percent in to 15 percent in Pew Research —are therefore indicative of improved race relations. Still, rates of interracial marriage remain much lower than would exist if race were irrelevant to partner choice.
In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that marriage across racial lines was legal throughout the country. Intermarriage has increased steadily since then: One-in-six U. Here are more key findings from Pew Research Center about interracial and interethnic marriage and families on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision. Americans today also are less likely to oppose a close relative marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity.
As I pushed him around the neighborhood, I thought of him as the perfect brown baby, soft-skinned and tulip-lipped, with a full head of black hair, even if it was the opposite of my blond waves and fair skin. What nationality is his mother? Virginia struck down laws banning such unions. In , 12 percent of all new marriages were interracial, the Pew Research Center reported. According to a Pew report on intermarriage , 37 percent of Americans agreed that having more people marrying different races was a good thing for society, up from 24 percent only four years earlier; 9 percent thought it was a bad thing. Interracial marriages are just like any others, with the couples joining for mutual support and looking for ways of making their personal interactions and parenting skills work in harmony.
Study finds bias, disgust toward mixed-race couples
Interracial marriage has grown in the United States over the past few decades, and polls show that most Americans are accepting of mixed-race relationships. A study by the Pew Research Center found that interracial marriages in the U. But new research from the University of Washington suggests that reported acceptance of interracial marriage masks deeper feelings of discomfort — even disgust — that some feel about mixed-race couples. Published online in July in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and co-authored by UW postdoctoral researcher Caitlin Hudac , the study found that bias against interracial couples is associated with disgust that in turn leads interracial couples to be dehumanized. Lead author Allison Skinner , a UW postdoctoral researcher, said she undertook the study after noting a lack of in-depth research on bias toward interracial couples.