The topic of interracial marriage brings up many opinions and strong feelings when discussed in many circles within America today. Considering that the supreme court legalized interracial marriage in 1967, this issue of equality is still relatively new. This came after many of the civil rights advances of the 1960’s. It is no shock that many Americans, particularly of older generations are somewhat opposed to the rise of inter mixed couples. The prevalent racism that exists within older generations in America still effects family units and their ability to function happily. Fortunately the attitudes of the bigoted individuals have not held this back.
As seen in the above graph, according to Gallup poll over the last roughly 40 years more people have begun to approve of interracial marriage and less overall disapprove respectively. However, these statistics may not take into account the high level of endogamy within certain ethnic groups such as Arabs and Native American cultures. Even though these ethnic groups represent a relatively small number of total interracial marriages. Also certain cultural groups have a much more closed mind about marrying outside of their race. All these factors increase the complexity of marrying outside your own race and trying to embrace the differences of another. Interracial marriage has implications that reach far beyond simple skin color differences. This is simply not the case, most often there are major cultural implications when to families fuse together. This is true even within normal same race families.
Trends have shown a steady increase in interracial marriage over the last 40 years, and also an increasing
approval rating for those in such relationships. Now approximately 1 in 6 new marriages are now interracial/different ethnic identity. I believe these statistics reveal a more open minded society and hopefully racial equality and progress. The implications on the family from interracial marriage are many. Fusing to homes and cultures together from completely different worlds will no doubt be a challenge for those who undertake such. Communication styles and expression will be drastically different between races. It is not that one culture is “right” or “wrong” in their style of expressing themselves, it is just a difference that has to be adjusted for within the home. This may explain the higher interracial cohabitation than interracial marriage rate, as many people may not wish to deal with all the issues associated with a formal marriage to someone outside of their race. Also, extended families may look more favorably upon a non official marriage, if there are pre disposed negative racial opinions in the family. Interracial marriage undoubtedly has its challenges, but who can argue with love. If you truly care about someone and wish to be with them more than anything, race, skin color, culture and any potential issue, should not get in the way of your relationship. Love does not have clauses that preclude you to being apart of someone’s life and I honestly believe that an open mindset is absolutely key to a successful love life and finding the partner of your dreams.
In conclusion, interracial couples can take hope for the fact that society is more accepting than ever and that families are becoming more united around the idea of marriage to different cultures and ethnicities. Great strides have been made and will continue to be made in this area.
Gallup Polls, 2008. (Gallup Inc.)
The PEW Research Center