Not all that long ago, engaging in a romantic relationship with a member of another race was widely frowned upon.Some traditionalists still suspect such people are driven by a desire to defy societal norms, or perhaps the inability to get a more desirable, same-race partner."But America still has a long way to go." The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.Wu and her colleagues describe three studies, the first of which featured 245 students at a West Coast public university.All reported they were currently in romantic relationships.A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race."The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.
Real life also shows how far America has come with 15.1% of new marriages in 2010 involving couples of different races or ethnicities.
Some movie theaters in the South refused to show it.
Fifty years later, things have changed on screen and in real life.
A research team led by psychologist Karen Wu of the University of California-Irvine, reports these positive evaluations were persuasively communicated to their partners, and—at least on a level of physical attractiveness—were not illusory.
"We hypothesized that because interracial daters face social biases, their partners would have to possess higher levels of (certain) positive attributes to offset the costs of these biases," the researchers write in the Their results indicate that may indeed be the case.