Interracial marriages are on the rise. I find this to be a good thing seeing that we live in a world that should embrace differences. Life is far more enjoyable. Living here in Houston, one cannot help but take not of the vast diversity that exists. I pointed out a few positives from an MSNBC report. This article pointed out a few interesting points about our changing demographics:
- Since that landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling, the number of interracial marriages has soared; for example, black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005, according to Census Bureau figures. Coupled with a steady flow of immigrants from all parts of the world, the surge of interracial marriages and multiracial children is producing a 21st century America more diverse than ever, with the potential to become less stratified by race.
- “The racial divide in the U.S. is a fundamental divide. … but when you have the ’other’ in your own family, it’s hard to think of them as ’other’ anymore,” Rosenfeld said. “We see a blurring of the old lines, and that has to be a good thing, because the lines were artificial in the first place.”
- But what once seemed so radical to many Americans is now commonplace.Many prominent blacks — including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, civil rights leader Julian Bond and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun — have married whites. Well-known whites who have married blacks include former Defense Secretary William Cohen and actor Robert DeNiro.