It's hard to believe it was only 40 years ago that the Supreme Court voted unanimously in Loving v. Virginia to end the country's anti-miscegenation laws. It was a ruling that was supposed to wash away the final stain of the Jim Crow era, yet, according to the Pew Research Center , interracial marriage was not truly accepted until the late s. In fact, it was only two years ago that a Louisiana justice of the peace was asked to resign after refusing to marry an interracial couple. And just four months ago in Little Rock, Ark. The Interracial Engagement Scenario: What would you do if you witnessed an interracial couple telling both sets of parents that they intended to get married, and instead of hearing a loving, joyful reception, you heard clear bigotry?
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It is very rewarding to love someone who is different from you in terms of race, culture, identity, religion, and more. When we are open with each other, we can broaden each other's perspectives, approach the world in different ways, and even find that there is a connection in our differences. Unfortunately, interracial couples can still experience difficulties at times by virtue of the fact that racism exists in our society on a deep level. Ideally, love should have no bounds in this regard. However, in reality, other people may harbor negativity or judgment about an interracial couple. Partners in an interracial marriage must take on these issues together while maintaining empathy and support for each other's experiences.
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Love is the last area where even educated and progressive parents can still openly teach prejudice at home — which is the only reason interracial marriage is still scandalous. Few peers of any recent generation give much thought to friends dating outside of their race. However, far too many Americans who dare to love someone of a different racial or cultural background find they will still have to face something unpleasant — ranging from disappointment to being disowned — from those people they loved first, their mothers and fathers.
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?