Allison Skinner does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. According to the most recent U. More interracial relationships are also appearing in the media — on television , in film and in advertising. These trends suggest that great strides have been made in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws. But as a psychologist who studies racial attitudes , I suspected that attitudes toward interracial couples may not be as positive as they seem. My previous work had provided some evidence of bias against interracial couples.
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Interracial dating isn't without its problems, but today interracial relationships enjoy more support in the United States than they have at any point in history. While two decades ago, fewer than half of Americans approved of interracial marriage , now 65 percent of all Americans support such relationships, and 85 percent of young people do. Attitudes toward interracial marriage are so progressive that some people prefer to exclusively date interracially. But are they doing so for the wrong reasons?
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At some point in history, interracial marriages were prohibited by both the religious institutions and the states worldwide. These couples have long faced discrimination, ostracizing, even prison and death because of theit love. Today, in , we are far from these times, although there is more work to be done since interracial couples still encounter prejudice on various account all over the world.
Support for interracial dating and marriage has been on the rise for decades, and Millennials are particularly accepting : 88 percent of those surveyed by Fusion last year said they were open to dating outside their race. But the reality is that only 54 percent said they had actually done so. Since many young people lack experience dating a person from another racial group, that provides fertile ground for stereotypes to persist. In my own life, I've encountered my share of dating myths about Black men; here are a few that make interracial dating challenging:.