Since interracial dating (or "interdating") and interracial marriage were outlawed or ostracized for so long in U. history, many sociologists see the incidence of these relationships as a key indicator of the state of U. "Many people who are honestly accepting of equal treatment across a wide range of social interaction would finally draw the line when it came to [a romantic relationship] between the race groups," says Smith. "We are seeing declining levels of objection to interracial marriage," says Smith.
Neither the Roper Report nor the General Social Survey specifically queried respondents on their attitudes or practices concerning interracial dating.
While the laws criminalizing interracial marriages no longer exist, there are still moral and religious ideologies that perceive marriage between racially diverse couples as unacceptable.
Some experts maintain that although there appears to be a greater acceptance of interracial marriage, it is more likely that American society has become more tolerant of interacial dating rather than interracial marriage.
African Americans were more accepted both by the law and by society’s views.
Yancey collected a sample of 2,561 adults age 18 and older from the Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Friendships, a telephone survey of English- and Spanish-speaking adults conducted from October 1999 to April 2000.
Although the concept of interracial marriage most commonly brings to mind marriage between a black and white couple, interracial marriage has become increasingly common among couples of all races and ethnic groups.
Along with many of their white counterparts, many other racial and ethnic groups have historically discouraged interracial marriage.
[tags: Interracial Marriage] - America has had a long history of racism.
This fact is more easily understood if racism is understood for what it really is. Racism is the “belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics” (What is Racism).
Prior civil rights legislation, many states had enacted laws that prohibited interracial marriage, making marriage between people of two different races illegal.