Friday, May 28, 2010

Blacks more likely to have a white spouse

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I think about race a lot. That may or may not sound strange coming from a white woman, but it is what it is.

While I grew up in rural Alabama, the family I was most often surrounded by was either raised in the Midwest or in Europe. To them, race was not an issue. At all. Ever.

But, when the annual event of the year at your high school — a massive fight — is sparked by some redneck driving into the school's parking lot with a rebel flag attached to their monster truck, when George C. Wallace is the first governor you recognize, when it's hammered into your head in history class that Alabama was the original home of the Confederacy — it's kinda hard not to think about race relations. And, that's why it's hard for me to ignore race issues to this day. I recognize them, I wonder about them and I wish we'd all grow up.

When I was a youth, any type of "other" relationship was suspect: Interracial or homosexual. WASP-y friends of mine who were involved in relationships that were way more normal — whatever the hell that is — than any society-sanctioned relationships I knew were forced to hide their love out of fear because they dared to love an Asian, an African-American, an Indian, someone of the same sex or someone from a different religion. That means, among other things, it was always a surprise to see a white person and a black person showing any type of romantic affection in public.

But that was then, deep in the heart of Dixie.

Do we really care who marries whom today?

Yeah. I suppose we do. Though, in my estimation, it seems the hatred has refocused its disfavor onto homosexual relationships.

Whoever the current target is, it's a sad shame that we can't simply be happy for anyone lucky enough to find love and just leave it at that. Who people love, or what they're doing in their bedroom, is none of our business. And, Lord knows, anyone crazy enough to get married and endure all that commitment brings deserves our support, not our condemnation.

With that in mind, is reporting that interracial marriages are on the rise:

Blacks are three times more likely to have a white spouse today versus 30 years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau data.

About 14.4 percent of black men and 6.5 percent of black women are currently married to whites, the report showed. Sociologists attributed this trend to higher educational attainment by blacks, a more racially integrated military and a rising black middle class that provides more interaction with other races.

In contrast, the growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians.

About 8 percent of U.S. marriages are mixed-race, up from 7 percent in 2000.


Three cheers for innocence:

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