Interracial marriage has grown in the United States over the past few decades, and polls show that most Americans are accepting of mixed-race relationships. A study by the Pew Research Center found that interracial marriages in the U. But new research from the University of Washington suggests that reported acceptance of interracial marriage masks deeper feelings of discomfort—even disgust—that some feel about mixed-race couples. Published online in July in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and co-authored by UW postdoctoral researcher Caitlin Hudac, the study found that bias against interracial couples is associated with disgust that in turn leads interracial couples to be dehumanized. Lead author Allison Skinner, a UW postdoctoral researcher, said she undertook the study after noting a lack of in-depth research on bias toward interracial couples. The research involved three experiments.
Intercultural Marriage: Making It Work
Study finds bias, disgust toward mixed-race couples
Although the numbers of interracial marriages in the United States have increased steadily since the Supreme Court struck down bans against them in , they are still far from commonplace. According to the U. Census Bureau, Black-White marriages have increased from 65, in to , in As an African-American woman who has been twice married, first to a fellow African-American and currently to a Caucasian man, I found the question as to whether there are pros and cons to interracial marriage an interesting one. Having experienced both a same race and an interracial marriage I would guess that my perspective may be somewhat more balanced than many. When I compare my first marriage to my African-American college sweetheart, which failed after just five years to my current four year old marriage to a Caucasian man, it is most interesting to me that the ups and downs within both of those relationships have had very little to do with race.
Interracial Marriage more Pros than Cons
Can a man and a woman who come from different racial or ethnic backgrounds have a successful marriage? Can you point out any good reasons why they shouldn't try to build a life together? We know of no biblical or moral considerations that would prohibit interracial marriage, and we disagree with those who attempt to use the Bible to condemn it. Every person, regardless of their race and culture, is of equal worth in God's eyes.
By Gretchen Livingston and Anna Brown. As intermarriage grows more prevalent in the United States, the public has become more accepting of it. A growing share of adults say that the trend toward more people of different races marrying each other is generally a good thing for American society. Most of this change occurred between and ; opinions have remained essentially the same since then.