S., finds that an overwhelming majority of Millennials, regardless of race, say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to someone of a different racial or ethnic group.
Asked about particular groups to which they do not belong, Millennials are about equally accepting of marriage to someone in any of the groups tested: Roughly nine-in-ten say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to an African American (88%), a Hispanic American (91%), an Asian American (93%) or a white American (92%).
Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.
This shift in opinion has been driven both by attitude change among individuals generally and by the fact that over the period, successive generations have reached adulthood with more racially liberal views than earlier generations.
While 85% of Millennials say they would be fine with a marriage to someone from any of the groups asked about, that number drops to about three-quarters (73%) among 30-to-49-year-olds, 55% among 50-to-64-year-olds, and just 38% of those ages 65 and older.
It’s a shame that these thoughts are not the case for all people.“You’re a threat to his culture.”“My mama would kill me.”“Your kids will look gorgeous! ”“How big is his…you know…” “How mad are your parents? You didn’t strike me as that type of girl…”No, these are not comments from people in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, but comments from students at Harvard in response to the fact that my boyfriend is black.Harvard students have a reputation for being open-minded, but I have experienced countless microaggressions from my peers for being in an interracial relationship.We don’t often think about how Africans and African-Americans treat white people, but racial tensions are not just one sided.This situation is proof that both sides are just as responsible for the stigma for interracial relationships.