Interracial dating in the united states
Jeter, a Black and Native American woman, and Loving, a White man, fell in love and decided to get married.
They lived in Virginia, one of the states that still banned “miscegenation” – the derogatory term used to describe interracial coupling – so they needed to travel to the District of Columbia to be officially recognized as a couple.
The nearly 20% increase of populations that were already intermarrying at higher rates explains a large portion of the rise in intermarriage.This next chart displays intermarriage rates across time for the America’s four major racial/ethnic groups for the same period.The most dramatic change over the last several decades is the number of Blacks intermarrying.In 1980, less than 4% of all married Black people under the age of 35 were not married to other black people. But Black people only made up between six to seven percent of the total under 35 married population during this period.So while this is a substantial increase, it accounts for less than 1% of the overall increase in interracial marriages.