Dating outside your race





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Published on Feb 21, 2012

Interracial marriages across the nation are at their peak. According to a recent study interracial couple made up 15 percent of newlyweds in 2010, the study conducted by Pew Research Center also found that the record nearly tripled since 1980. And while interracial marriages become more common so does the public's acceptance, 35 percent of Americans say that a member of their immediate family or close relative is currently married to someone outside their own race. 63 percent say that they would not mind if a member of their family were to marry someone outside their own race or ethnic group.

The increasing amounts of interracial marriages that have children are helping change the face of American families.

Mixed-race families mean more family members with different skin tones, eye colors and even hair textures from one another. To outsiders, family members of interracial families don't look like mother and daughter or brothers and sisters. It is often common to hear mothers complain because a stranger may ask if they are a child's babysitter or nanny because they do not have the same ethnic traits. In fact intermarriages and adoptions have made households across the nation more diverse and it seems like this change will be on ongoing. The rise of interracial marriages came into effect due to less oppositions to such relationships, specially by the younger crowd and also the rising number of Latinos and Asian immigrants.

The amount of immigrants living in The United States is steadily rising. The Population Reference Bureau, reports that between 1990 and 2010, the number of foreign-born U.S. residents nearly doubled from 20 million to 40 million. According to this study immigration contributed to half of the U.S. population growth with the birth of U.S. born children and grandchildren of immigrants. These natural born citizens of the U.S. who are children of immigrants are most likely to marry outside their own race. The younger generation is exposed to different cultures and ethnic groups in school, the workplace and though their own friends, making race less of an important factor when choosing a partner.

With so many multiracial couples and families is almost impossible to believe that for most of the 20th century multiracial marriages were largely banned thought the states.

Mr. & Mrs. Loving a couple from Virginia, made up of a white male and a black female, were arrested for marrying outside their race. Their home state would not allow them to get married, therefore decided to go to Washington DC to tie the knot. Upon their return to Virginia they were arrested and were forced to move out of the state in order to avoid serving a hefty sentence. They took their case to the supreme court and in 1967 the court determined that preventing a couple from marrying based on their race marked a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. After this nationwide bans on interracial marriages were overturned, interracial couples have The Lovings to thank. Most of us couldn't imagine living in a country that would stop us from starting a family with someone of a different race.

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