Social Trends: 22 Percent Of Americans Have A Relative In A Mixed-Race Marriage

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


03/14/2006 - More than one-fifth of all American adults (22%) say that they have a close relative who is married to someone of a different race, according to this Pew Research Center survey. That degree of familiarity with -- and proximity to -- interracial marriage is the latest milestone in what has been a sweeping change in behaviors and attitudes concerning interracial relationships over the past several decades.

Until 1967, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia struck down the last of the anti-miscegenation laws in this country, interracial marriage had been illegal in 16 states and was widely considered a social taboo.

Since then interracial marriage in this country has evolved from nearly non-existent to merely atypical. In 1970, fewer than one percent of all married couples were made up of spouses of a different race; by 2000 that figure had grown to just over 5%, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Population Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan research organization.

Read the full report Guess Who's Coming To Dinner on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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