As of the last census, there has been a marked increased in interracial marriages in the United States. Marriage, as with any other institution, appears to be changing with the times. With so much focus on the debate of gay marriage, the notion of interracial marriage has almost taken a backseat in historical marriage trend debates. Recent figures as of the 2010 census reveals that interracial marriages have increased, so much so that as many as 1 in 12 marriages are now considered interracial. What can account for these changes in marriage trends?
One article posted in chron.com cites an improvement in race relations over the past few decades as well as an increased flow of Asian and Hispanic people into the United States has factored into the change in marriage trends. Another factor mentioned in this increase is based on the growing trend for black men and women becoming more accepting of marrying white men and women. In the past, different races were discouraged from marrying one another. Now, it appears the debate of whether to marry someone of a different race has changed into whether you should or shouldn’t marry someone of the same sex – times change!
Sociology professor Daniel Lichter from Cornell University shares the following insights:
“The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century,”
“Mixed-race children have blurred America’s color line. They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds,” he said. “But America still has a long way to go.”
Interestingly, something else to consider in this marriage trend is that the younger generations are also playing a role in changing the face of marriage. Both in the political sense and societal aspect, younger men and women are making attitudinal changes that are resulting in the changing face of the healthy American family. At the end of the day, it’s important that parents get along and set a solid foundation for their family, regardless of their race or sexuality. Have you noticed this increase in interracial marriage over the years? What are your thoughts on this marriage trend?