Interracial Marriage and Dating: A Taboo or Trend?
With the increase of social tolerance among all racial groups living within the United States, there has been a steady increase of ethnic/ multiracial couples resulting in a more diverse and egalitarian society. According to a Pew Research Center Report (US Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey) a record 14% of all new marriages in America involved spouses of a different race or ethnicity. The survey also found that among all newlyweds in 2008, 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% Hispanics and 31% Asians married someone whose race or ethnic background was different than their own. With such trends on the rise one must ask are we as society moving away from racial divisions and practices that have kept us apart for so long? Has interracial dating and marriage become more of a trend and less taboo? Let’s examine the topic further to find the answers to these burning questions.
Finding Love in Diversity
Long gone are the days of slavery, Jim Crow and the banning of interracial marriage in American society. Today, 45 years after the Supreme Court ruled interracial dating unconstitutional, many have embraced the idea of dating outside of their race, although racial and ethnic disparities still exist.
In 2010 alone, 24% of African American males married outside of their race compared to just 9% of black females. The reverse was common among Asian Americans with 36% of Asian females marrying outside their race compared to just 17% of Asian men. When it comes to white Americans, the overall percentage of interracial dating are relatively low compared to that of other races, but there are some exceptions, In Hawaii 4 out 10 newlyweds (42%) were intermarried. The study also found that Asian/ white couples had the highest income marital status of 70,592 dollars per couple which was higher than any other racial pairing’ Studies over time have found that most men have no racial preference in women but in contrast, most females prefer to marry within their own race first before looking at outside options more specifically black women. This outcome have led to the misleading stereotype that black women are less desired by men because of the low numbers of them engaging in interracial relationships. Only 9% of black women prefer to date outside of their race making them less likely to find love in a generalized society. The few black women who chose to date men of other races tend to be more educated and more financial stable than their less educated counterparts. In contrast, black men tend to date outside their race far more often with more than 18% of them finding love with a woman of another race. They tend to date women from various cultures and backgrounds more specifically white women. Black men also date Asian, Hispanic and native American women in high numbers within American society as well, although the overall rate of interracial dating among black men is not significantly high despite popular belief. Only about 18% of all black males living in the United States actually date outside of their race. The remaining 82% do not.
White and Asian males are less likely to date outside their race but when ever they consider doing so, they tend to also date women from all backgrounds, although Asians men are less likely to date black women. Men of Asian decent overall have the lowest pairing with black females than any other racial or ethnic group. White males and Asian women are among the highest paring of any racial group and also Asian males and white females are equally seen in high numbers.
White women who date outside their race are more likely to divorce their spouse than any other racial group studies have indicated, more specifically white women/ Asian males and white women/ black males. In contrast white men are less likely to divorce black and Asian women despite racial differences even more so than their own white female counterparts, studies have also shown. Among Hispanic men, more than 15 percent actually date outside their race. Hispanic men who date interracially are more likely to date white and black females and in some case Asian women also. Hispanic women tend to follow these same trends as well. Latinos are also the largest racial minority group in the United States with more than 60 million people identifying themselves as Hispanic American.
Living with Multiculturalism
The topic of interracial dating has become less taboo, traditional conservative views of love and dating are slowly fading into background. Although most Americans date within their own race, the opportunity to explore love elsewhere is more and more common within American society today. Some had jump to absurd conclusions about the trend stating that it may eventually lead to entire extinctions of specific racial groups most notably whites. This idea is completely crazy and unfounded since most whites, like all Americans still date within their own race and are still the largest racial group within the U.S with more than 70 million people identifying themselves as white Americans. With just 10% of whites actually dating outside their race and 90% not dating outside of their race, the extinction idea at best is very laughable for those of us with a sense of humor. The same can be said about Hispanics with just 26 percent of them dating outside their race and 74 % of them not dating outside of their race. The notion that immigration will lead to ethnic annihilation is equal ridiculous. As far as such accusations also applying to African Americans, it seems as if opponents of interracial dating regarding this group have really lost their minds if they believe such trends could lead to extinction. African Americans make up just 12% of the entire U.S population of 300 million. In America there are 28 million people who identify themselves as black or African American. Only 23 percent of blacks mostly males date outside of their race and just 8% of them date whites according to the U.S Census Bureau, so this idea is completely insane to even consider as a possibility. The same can be applied to Asians American who make up just over 4% of the U.S population with around 9 million people identifying themselves as Asian American living within the U.S. As for now, the misguided fear of interracial dating should be rejected by all because it holds no real relevance to reality as it relates to actual numbers of people finding love outside their respected racial groups.
I personally feel that such statistics are a good thing. I believe love should be colorless and ethnicity is irrelevant in finding a soul mate. What should generally matter are common values, personality traits, compatibility, physical attractiveness and sexual desire or preference.
Let me know what your thoughts are regarding this issue. Do you believe in interracial dating? Are you in a interracial relationship? Please vote in my online poll and feel free to leave your comments below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.