Perspectives on Race

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Interracial relationships

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According to a new Cornell University Study, researchers found that among people 18- to 25-year-olds in 1990 and in 2000, interracial sexual involvement has become increasingly common. 14% were reported in th 1990’s and 20% in the 2000’s. The greatest increases were seen in cohabitating relationships, followed by dating relationships and then marriages. A higher number of interracial couples are reported among young adults, but as people grew older the number of interracial couples begin to decrease. Hispanics had the highest rates on interracial relationships, followed by blacks, and then whites. Although interracial couples are beginning to increase over the past few years the rate of marriage is still not as common. Younger adults appear to be more open and accepting to interracial relationships in comparison to older generations but if they are part of an interracial relationship may still be hesitant to reveal it to family and friends in comparison to same race couples.
I think that the number of interracial couples will continue to increase but they may not always lead to marriage. The low number of interracial marriages will not necessarily be due to racial tensions but because marriages are more commonly ending in divorce. I also think that the statistics that were found still reveals a low number of interracial marriages but it may also be due to the fact that people are still hesitant about revealing their interracial relationship.


Written by 3graffiti

November 22, 2009 at 12:04 am

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  1. It’s probably increased even more since they’ve done the study. I think that interracial marriages will be very common in next generation after ours. Our generation still has parents/other family members that are against interracial marriages. For example, I know that my parents want me to marry another Hispanic person. However, I want to marry the person I’ll be happiest with, regardless of his race.


    November 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

  2. I think that for third, fourth, fifth, etc generation Americans the ethnic divide is becoming a smaller one, easier to breach and more socially acceptable for people to be in their interracial relationships.


    November 22, 2009 at 1:07 am

  3. Because the percentage of interracial relationships have increased, I don’t see why interracial marriages wouldn’t either in the future. Our society is progressively becoming more accepting towards these things as compared to decades before.


    November 22, 2009 at 1:25 am

  4. I believe that as America grows and becomes more populated, in the future, America will be see a major increase in interracial relationships.


    November 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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    February 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  6. It’s increased for the better. Though I wonder if the majority of Black-Asian relationships will develop even more.

    I did my own research and gave my own perspective, would you like to read and comment?


    June 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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