America was founded as being a blending pot for all people, regardless of race, sex, gender, ethnicity, status, etc. To this day it is still a blending pot for all people. According to studies conducted by the Pew Research Center, the acceptance rates of interracial marriages are show increases from previous years. Interracial marriages rates in the United States account for almost one tenth of all the marriages. This rate has almost doubled since the 1980’s. With this increase of interracial marriages, the acceptance most Americans have of interracial marriages has shown improvements as well. The same study showed that almost two-thirds of all Americans would be accepting and ok with one of their family members marrying someone of a different ethnicity. With an astounding acceptance rate of almost 66%, this is a vast improvement of the mere 33% of Americans viewing interracial marriages as acceptable in the 1986.
It is great to know that more Americans are becoming more acceptant of interracial marriages, because it shows the growth and unity of a nation that is accepting of all people, no matter what their skin color is. Up until the mid to late 1900’s, many Americans were very color discriminate. This shows that Americans have grown a lot in the 60 years that have past.
Being that Old Dominion is located right down the road from the largest Naval Base in the World, it should come as no surprise to many that Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area has a very large percentage of interracial couples present. It would be interesting to know what the statistics of the acceptance ratings of the people of Hampton Roads would be concerning interracial marriages.
I found this article very interesting and was quite suprised by the results found by the Pew Research Center. For more information of the findings of the Pew Research Center, check out this link: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/the-rise-of-intermarriage/.