Interracial dating in the bible
Americans on whether they believed it was acceptable for Blacks and Whites to date each other.
At that time, less than 50% of Americans thought interracial dating was acceptable. Our examination of the data suggests that the increasing rate of intermarriage may be driven by demographic changes more than changing attitudes.
Today, there are proportionately more Asians, Hispanics and people of other racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States than ever.
These racial/ethnic groups have always been unusually likely to intermarry.
In the chart below, the blue trend line is our estimate of the rate of intermarriage if the demographics of the young married population had not changed since 1980 – the orange line shows the actual increase.
While there is still an increase, it is not even close to what we saw in the first chart.
If White people were marrying without regard for race, we’d expect 17% of them to intermarry.
In actuality, though, only 2.7% of White people intermarried.
The most dramatic change over the last several decades is the number of Blacks intermarrying.
If you grow up in a town with only one non-White family, the intermarriage rate doesn’t really reflect your beliefs.
That’s partially why White people were three times less likely to intermarry in 1980 than in 2014: there were half as many opportunities.
But demographic changes likely account for more than this 3.5% increase.
It’s not just that the United State’s increasing diversity means there are more Asians, Hispanics, and Other individuals who choose to intermarry.