Interracial relationships and marriages are becoming more common in the United States, according to a new Cornell University study. The number of interracial marriages involving whites, blacks and Hispanics each year in the United States has jumped tenfold since the s, but the older individuals are, the less likely they are to partner with someone of a different race, finds the new study. This trend reflects the increasing acceptance of interracial relationships in today's society," said Kara Joyner, assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell and co-author of a study on interracial relationships in a recent issue of the American Sociological Review Vol. Although more young adults are dating and cohabiting with someone of a different race, the study found that interracial relationships are considerably less likely than same-race relationships to lead to marriage, though this trend has weakened in recent years. To explore the changing patterns of interracial sexual relationships during the transition to adulthood, Joyner and her co-author, Grace Kao, associate professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the National Health and Social Life Survey, some of the first nationally representative surveys to collect information on sexual relationships.
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He later revealed that they had been together since after he landed in the UK from Dominica in Despite the racism prevalent in the country at the time, they beat the odds and had a long and happy marriage. Meeting while working together in Selfridges, when he worked as a lift concierge, and Doreen sold fur coats. Six months into the relationship, she fell pregnant with their baby girl, which forced her to reveal the relationship to her family.
On June 12, , the Supreme Court struck down state laws which banned individuals of different races from marrying in the Loving v. Virginia decision. This basic notion of celebrating love continues to be just as important today. I strongly encourage everyone to learn more about them and the gift they left us.