This high level of acceptance among Millennials holds true across ethnic and racial groups; there is no significant difference between white, black and Hispanic Millennials in the degree of acceptance of interracial marriage.
Compared with older groups, particularly Americans ages 50 or older, Millennials are significantly more likely to be accepting of interracial marriage.
This ranking scheme illustrates the manner in which the barriers against desegregation fell: Of less importance was the segregation in basic public facilities, which was abolished with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The most tenacious form of legal segregation, the banning of interracial marriage, was not fully lifted until the last anti-miscegenation laws were struck down in 1967 by the Supreme Court ruling in the landmark Loving v. Social enterprise research conducted on behalf of the Columbia Business School (2005–2007) showed that regional differences within the United States in how interracial relationships are perceived have persisted: Daters of both sexes from south of the Mason–Dixon line were found to have much stronger same-race preferences than northern daters did.
S., finds that an overwhelming majority of Millennials, regardless of race, say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to someone of a different racial or ethnic group.
Asked about particular groups to which they do not belong, Millennials are about equally accepting of marriage to someone in any of the groups tested: Roughly nine-in-ten say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to an African American (88%), a Hispanic American (91%), an Asian American (93%) or a white American (92%).
Their results suggested that same-race and interracial couples are perceived and rated differently (Garcia & Rivera, 1999).
Carrasco (2003) found a general trend indicating that same-race and interracial couples were perceived differently on relationship variables, but not on education, social economic status, or personality variables.
According to Nagel (2003), White, Black, and Hispanic racial groups have historically been perceived as being sexually dissimilar.(This comment itself makes people bristle as if it is impossible for a white woman to experience microaggressions in the first place.)Too many of my friends here—even after recent developments in racial discourse on campus like the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign—seem comfortable being vocally critical of my decision of whom to love.I will never forget sitting in the Quincy dining hall with two of my (nonwhite) friends who spent about 10 minutes picking and choosing which features from my boyfriend and I would create the “perfect baby.” I remember sitting there, feeling extremely uncomfortable, because although the comments of “Your eyes, your hair” and “his lips” were meant as compliments, I was hurting.While 85% of Millennials say they would be fine with a marriage to someone from any of the groups asked about, that number drops to about three-quarters (73%) among 30-to-49-year-olds, 55% among 50-to-64-year-olds, and just 38% of those ages 65 and older.And unlike among Millennials, among those ages 50 and older there are substantial differences between blacks and whites in acceptance of interracial marriage, with older blacks considerably more accepting of interracial marriage than are whites of the same age.Abstract Attitudes towards interracial dating and marriage have historically been used as barometers of racial acceptance in this country.The interracial relationships literature focuses on attitudes towards different racial and ethnic groups as potential romantic partners, and on reactions from individuals in interracial couples regarding their relationship.Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.This shift in opinion has been driven both by attitude change among individuals generally and by the fact that over the period, successive generations have reached adulthood with more racially liberal views than earlier generations.The literature rarely examines the specific perceptions that interracial couples elicit.Garcia and Rivera (1999) examined participants� perceptions of Black and Hispanic dating and engaged couples on several relationship variables.