Interracial Relationships in America

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According to the U. S. Census Reports, interracial marriages have more than tripled between 1980 and today. There are currently 1.6 million interracial marriages in the United States, and that figure is continuing to grow (Duru, 2012). Statistics show that over 70% of American society has no problem with mixed race relationships, and 40% of Americans have already dated someone of another ethnicity. For the most part relationships between people of different races are no different from the interactions between people of the same race (Duru, 2012). In the early years interracial marriages was illegal in the United States. The biggest problem our country faced with interracial relationships arose during the slavery era. The raping of African American women by plantation owners and other powerful whites during this period have cast an ugly shadow on relationships between black women and white men. On the flip side, African American men who so much as looked at a white women could be killed, and brutally so (Nittle, 2000). When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.S. anti-miscegenation laws surfaced which barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them (Nittle, 2000). In 1959 a Virginia interracial couple, Perry and Mildred Loving, was sentenced to a year in prison for violating the Racial Integrity Act. That act prohibited a marriage between a white and non-white. The Supreme Court overturned all miscegenation laws in 1967 shortly after hearing that case (Ballinger 2010). Interracial couples always face discrimination from other races. The problems encountered by interracial couples are often the result of negative societal attitudes about interracial relationships. The homes of interracial families ha... ... middle of paper ... ...merican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), (n.d.) Multiracial Children. familyresource.com. Retrieved from http://www.familyresource.com/parenting/miscellaneous/multiracial-children Ballinger, C. (2010). Interracial Couples face Discrimination from Others. Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Retrieved from http://www.lubbockonline.com Burrello, K. (2004). What are the Strengths of Interracial Families? Retrieved from http://www.diversitydtg.com Duru, F. (2012). Interracial Relationships: an Overview of Issues. Retrieved from http://www.buzzle.com (2003). Interracial Marriages. encyclopedia.com. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3406900238.html Nittle, N. (2000) Interracial Relationships: A Rundown of Issues. About.com Guide. Retrieved from http://racerelations.about.com/od/interracialrelationships/a/InterracialRelationshipsIssues_2.htm
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