Are Americans becoming more open to the idea of interracial relationships and marriages?
Since the scrapping of federal laws that prohibited interracial marriages in the United States of America, marriages involving people of different races have risen. According to statistics, the number of interracial marriages has increased from 3.4 percent in 1980 to around 8.5 percent in 2009. Experts believe that the figures would breach the 13 percent mark by the end of 2016.
As a matter of fact the number of hate crimes against people of other races has also decreased significantly. This shows that the Americans have begun to approve of interracial relationships. Here are a few other reasons that have made the Americans open to the idea of dating outside their race:
- Rise of online interracial dating: Interracial dating sites have certainly bridged the gap between people of different racial backgrounds. This has made it possible for people of different races to interact with each other and develop a stronger bonding. This also helps in overcoming any social differences that exist among people. Also, modern interracial dating sites have come so close to real life dating, thanks to the introduction of email and instant messaging options.
The search options available on these sites also make it feasible for users to find an ideal match based on a wide range of parameters, thereby giving it a distinct edge over conventional dating.
- Inter-mingling of people of different cultures: There was a time when America was dominated by the white and others held a minority status. However, things have significantly changed over the years. Thanks to globalization, people hailing from diverse cultural backgrounds have moved to the United States and have developed a strong rapport with the native population. This is certainly a positive sign, which has to a great extent promoted interracial relationships and marriages. Besides, educational institutions too, attract a lot of people from various parts of the world, some of whom end up dating Americans.
- Americans have stopped focusing on the less important things: If you're looking for a compatible, their race shouldn’t matter to you and it’s time Americans realize this. Americans in their teens have well-understood this aspect and are emphasizing on critical parameters such as qualities, habits, personality traits and whether or not they love them. It is also worth mentioning that people who don’t consider race as an essential parameter have more options when it comes to finding an ideal match.
While America is a long way from becoming color-blind, the rise in the number of interracial marriages shows that people of this nation are opening up to the idea and no longer consider it a taboo.