Interracial Marriages Are Up

Alkebu-lan Stamps, Abyssinia Stamps, Al Stamps, Kim Moroski Stamps

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.

4 thoughts on “Interracial Marriages Are Up

  1. I often wonder about studies like this. I’m of the firm belief that love understands neither color, nor age, nor gender, even. I think it’s wonderful that we’re having fewer conversations about how people choose to wed; it’s ridiculous that we should impose some artificial standards or laws to something like love.

    On a completely unrelated note, WHAT is she holding?! Is that a baseball glove? A turtle?! A fossil of some sort? Wha….?

  2. i think it’s interesting that you did NOT discuss perceptions about these interracial relationships. Yes, they have increased. Yes, they are more widely accepted. But I find that in my city, people still stop and stare and give disapproving looks.

    I think we’ve come a long way when it comes to races relations in this country, but I still think it’ll be a couple generations before it seems like a norm and not an exception.

    I’ve been in 2 interracial relationships and in the south, they seemed to be the most difficult publicly. For people who were still getting to know one another . .. lets just say it put a lot of added pressure on the relationship.

  3. I couldn’t agree more with you with Mrs Chilli…

    Coming from a very diverse background, and from travelling and

    learning about different cultures I can say that an interracial

    relationship is very enriching for us, and even more for our

    kids…(additional cultural related celebrations, more family

    gatherings with a larger variety of food = more presents…:-) )

    I agree that there are always going to be people who give

    you looks and the like, but we put the pressure on us ourselves

    by caring about other peoples opinions on our relationship.

    Also, the looks people give you don’t nessesarily have to

    mean anything negative.

    They probably just admire you and your relationship.

    I think in stead of worrying about the hurdles we might have to

    face in our relationship, we should concentrate on and learn

    about our differences and all the the positivity they bring

    along- as these are much more powerful…

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