Blog: Interracial marriage fears waning in the U.S.

This was a blog post I wrote for my JRN 400 class blog. It was published on April 19, 2012.

Blog: Interracial marriage fears waning in the U.S.

By Nicole LaChance

I recently attended the wedding of a good friend of mine. While this may not seem particularly significant, there is one thing about their marriage that is unique: my friend is Korean and her husband is Caucasian. This puts their marriage in a growing minority of couples who marry someone of a different race.

According to a Pew Research Study, 8.4 percent of all marriages in the United States were interracial; more than double the 1980 rate. It appears interracial marriage has gone from forbidden, to taboo, to an ever more common rarity. Pew also surveyed a group of adults and found that 43 percent of them believe interracial marriage is a positive change in American society. (44 percent said there was no change, good or bad.)

Even though there is increased acceptance for individuals marrying outside their race, 11 percent of people surveyed believed interracial marriage has a negative effect on American society. The question is, will that 11 percent ever go away? Will interracial marriage ever be fully accepted in American society?

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