Interracial Marriages

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Interracial Marriages in AmericaThe institution of marriage is the cornerstone of American culture. Generations after generations' people have married and carried on family traditions and cultural beliefs. The occurrence of interracial marriages leads some to believe their family heritage and cultural identity is in jeopardy of disappearing. It is the misunderstanding of interracial marriages that causes many misconceptions and myths about its existence. Social scientists cannot examine interracial marriages without taking into account both races involved. An objective study of interracial marriages should involve a large variety of factors in order to gain a better understanding of the subject. The number of black-white interracial marriages has been increasingly steadily. The number of black-white married couples rose from 65,000 to 281,000 in 1988 MacPherson and Stewart (1997).

Racial diversity is one factor that should be studied when examining interracial marriage. Oftentimes a researcher will look at the phenomena without looking at all of the aspects involved in the phenomena.

That is, study will examine how the lives of one part of the interracial marriage have changed with only a passing assumption given to the counterpart. Caucasians are different from African Americans and Chinese people are different from Japanese people. Making blanket assumptions about a culture based solely on human nature is erroneous.

Each year there are more and more people of different backgrounds and culturesentering the United States. Besides the formal penalties of harsh jail terms, police intimidation and harassment for contravening the Prohibition of mixed marriages and immorality acts, mixed couples faced rejection by their families,' friends and community. Over the past few generations America has lost its European domination and began to reveal itself as the true pot it has always purported. Different cultures have different and valid viewpoints. In the case of black-white interracial marriages, the lack of...