Great news report on CNN scrolled across the bottom of the screen today. Almost missed it. It was about the fact that the number of “interracial” marriages (their term not mine since I don’t think of people as being different races) has soared. That is so great to hear and read. Not because there is something wrong with marrying or dating within one’s own culture or heritage, but because it is so good to see more and more people not caring what a person’s skin color is when choosing who they date or marry.
Here are excerpts from the online CNN report:
Interracial Marriages At An All-Time High, Study Says
…Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race.
“From what we can tell, this is the highest [percentage of interracial marriage] it has ever been,” said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer for the Pew Research Center.
He said interracial marriages have soared since the 1980s. About 6.8 percent of newly married couples reported marrying outside their race or ethnicity in 1980. That figure jumped to about 14.6 percent in the Pew report released this week, which surveyed newlyweds in 2008…
However, studies show that support for interracial marriages is stronger than in the past, especially among the Millennial generation. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, about 85 percent accept interracial marriages, according to a Pew study published in February. Scholars say interracial marriages are important to examine because they can be a barometer for race relations and cultural assimilation…
The only complication in the story was one I have been pointing to all along. For the report they speak of a Brazilian woman marring a White man, for example. Brazil is a country and there Black Brazilians, Brown Brazilians, White Brazilians, indeed much of the country is made up of Mixed Brazilians, so to say a Brazilian married a White man does not really tell us anything. Like in another place in the article it references a Hispanic person marrying an Asian. Again, Hispanics come in all skin tones and Hispanic is not a race. But that is the silliness of racial classifications.
The positive point of the article though, and one worth celebrating, is that more and more people are seeing beyond cultural and pigment differences. And that’s what matters. The more that happens the sooner we’ll be done with these silly racial classifications anyway.
To read the full CNN article, click here.