This language of this post has been updated to incorporate additional insights surrounding why people get into interracial relationships, the skewed portrayal of interracial relationships in popular culture, and the breadth of the Ok Cupid data cited in the article.Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group (exogamy) involving spouses who belong to different socially-defined races or racialized ethnicities.Even as we make progress, certain prejudices and long-standing misperceptions persist.But we're getting there, Lee said: "Increased intermarriage and interracial dating indicate that the racial boundaries that have long separated groups are slowly beginning to fade." America is changing, and cross-racial connections are just one powerful force helping us on the way.While these forces are real, there are optimistic findings that paint a different picture of both the motivation for interracial relationships and how they fare.Several studies that the differences between interracial couples don't necessarily strain the relationship itself."I just say I'm brown," Mc Kenzi Mc Pherson, 9, told that while users claim to be open-minded, racial background makes a difference for matching.And not all races approach interracial dating in the same way.
"Racial boundaries are fading more rapidly for today's new immigrant groups than for black Americans," she said, as more Asians and Latinos seem to benefit from cross-race acceptance.
Hatcher-Mays wrote, "Increased visibility of our differences leads to things like 'acceptance' and 'disrupting the status quo' and also 'not that with "sufficient motivation ...
people are able to focus on the unique qualities of individuals, rather than on the groups they belong to." Which means having a more diverse social circle or a person of different race in your immediate family can be an antidote to prejudice and stereotyping. "People tend to have preconceived notions about each other based on race or culture that hinder them from getting to know one another," one woman named Kristy said.
But the representations we do have can help move the ball forward.
Just as negative racial portrayals to negative stereotypes, more positive visibility for cross-race couples in media makes a difference.
More than six-in-ten say it would be fine with them if a family member told them they were going to marry someone from any of three major race/ethnic groups other than their own.