Interracial Couples

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“Growing Racial Ties”More men and women are less hesitant to marry someone of a different race, due to the growing acceptance of interracial marriages. Interracial marriage is flourishing after forty years. Younger people are more likely to support different race couples. It was not long ago that these marriages were banned in 42 states. There has been such a big change in the number of mixed race marriages that the U.S. Census Bureau had to change its procedures.

There is an abundance of support for interracial couples, especially in today’s youthful generation. Opinion polls show that more young people give support for marriages containing unlike races. Often, people view this trend according to how they were raised. In the early 1900s, mixed marriages were seen as taboo in most communities. Today, there are more than 2.5 million interracial marriages in the U.S.

Interracial marriages were once banned. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated a Virginia law banning whites from marrying nonwhites.

Similar bans in 15 states were also overturned.

“Taunts and threats which included cross burnings, still occur sporadically. In Cleveland, there were two white men that were sentenced to prison for harassment of an interracial couple that included spreading liquid mercury around their house.” ( 2There has been an enormous change in the number of interracial marriages over the years. The U.S. government allowed Americans to identify themselves by more than one racial category for the first time in the year 2000 as a part of the census. Since 1970, the amount of interracial, married couples has grown more than 667 percent. In many communities, I find it very common to see “lovebirds” of different races cuddling up in each other’s arms or taking a slow stride in the park.

“Coupled with a steady flow of immigrants, the...