Interracial marriage is on the rise, making more than a fivefold increase since 1967, when only 3 percent of newlyweds were intermarried, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday.
However, interracial marriage is more accepted by Democrats than Republicans, and Black men and Asian women are more likely to marry someone of a different race.
So it's no wonder we're thrilled for Black women who have found love—no matter the ethnicity of their partner.
Daiquiri Steele, director of Diversity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence at the University of Alabama, said Alabama had a ballot initiative in 2000, but Loving invalidated laws making interracial marriage illegal.
After that, there was a vote to keep the law on the books or remove it.
“It only takes 50 percent to win, and 60 percent of the people voted to get rid of the law, but what’s interesting is that this is the year 2000 and 40 percent of the people voted to keep the law.” While couples in the South during the 21st century are still able to court and even get married, there are still some forms of discrimination that arise in modern day interracial relationships.
Markita Daniel, a current UA student who majors in telecommunication and film, said that she is now married but has been in other previous interracial relationships where she received some unfavorable comments on her and her spouse’s choice to date.
S., researchers found that intermarriage is twice as common for Black men as it is for Black women.
“While about one-fourth of recently married Black men (24 percent) have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, this share is 12 percent among recently married Black women,” according to the analysis.
What can be even more disheartening than seeing your beautiful, professional, well-educated sisterfriend still unattached is seeing a successful Black man settle down with someone of another ethnic group.
The immediate thought for many is, With all the gorgeous, accomplished Black women available, why didn't he choose one of us?
In 2015, 17 percent of all newlyweds in the country had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity — the growth coinciding “with shifting societal norms as Americans have become accepting of marriages involving spouses of different races and ethnicities, even within their own families,” according to the report.
The 17 percent represents one-in-six newlyweds, while, more broadly, among all married people in 2015, one-in-10, about 11 million, were intermarried, according to Pew.
Alabama was the last state to overturn the legalization of interracial marriages.