Several years ago, when I was a graduate student and staff member at the University of Washington , I attended a Black Lives Matter rally and march on campus. When it was time for the march to begin, the organizers asked the crowd to split into two groups. The Black students were called to the front to lead the march, while the remaining students were asked to fall to the back of the procession in a display of support and solidarity. As the crowd began to split, I felt a sense of panic at having to choose where to go and immediately moved toward the back of the crowd. The feeling of having to publicly commit to a racial identity was familiar.
A half-century after the Supreme Court toppled laws banning interracial marriage, more than 1 in 6 newlyweds and 18 percent of black newlyweds have a spouse of another race. A report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center documents a steady rise in interracial marriage and the change in social mores that made it possible since the Supreme Court ruled on Loving v. Virginia in Back when the high court decided the case, marrying someone of another race often required not just love but also courage: In , 16 states still outlawed interracial marriages, and the Gallup Organization found that fewer than 20 percent of Americans approved of them.
Image: Emoji Finger. As the kid of mixed-race parents, intolerance toward interracial couples makes me want to climb on a spaceship, hit ignition, and rocket off into outer space. Less than 50 years ago, the United States still upheld anti-miscegenation laws that made it illegal for people of different races to marry. I thought things were starting to look better when Pew Research Center published a nationally representative survey in , suggesting that just 11 percent of Americans disapprove of interracial marriages.
A study of college students at a large California university has found that people in interracial relationships tend to be more attractive than those dating someone of the same ethnicity. An initial survey of undergraduate students found interracial daters rated themselves more positively and thought their partners viewed them more positively. Compared to intraracial daters, interracial daters perceived that their partners saw them as more attractive, intelligent, affectionate, and trustworthy, the researchers found. Interracial daters were again rated more positively by their partners compared to intraracial daters. In a third experiment, the researchers photographed interracial and intraracial couples.