interracial marriages and its effects
In this informative paper I plan to talk and explore the extent of interracial marriages and its effects. How it can effect interracial couple’s children and how it can also effect the marriage. I also have incorporated some statistics that you may not have known about interracial marriages. This is an issue that is becoming to be a huge topic. Its not only because of the skin color but there is more than a color when it comes to a person everyone has a background and heritage with ancestors and this plays a factor in this issue as well.
The issue of intimate relations between blacks and whites in the United States is usually described in print as an exotic or daring affair. It would appear impossible for people of different skin colors to enter into a wholesome relationship as a natural course in human destiny. Obsession with subterranean racism and sex distorts our perception and thus the reality of black and white intimacy. Those who engage in such intimacy are understood to be rebelling against their parents or social values and are considered to be psychologically perverted or socially deformed, marginal misfits or pursuers of forbidden fruit.
Almost anywhere you go these days, you will encounter mixed-race couples at the grocery store, the mall, the theater, at a company function, at a concert, even at church. While for years the Black man-White woman couple was more prevalent, today many social observers say that the pairing of black women and white men are just as common. Common reactions of African American women when seeing African American men who are in interracial relationships are anger. Mainly because they say there aren’t enough good black men so they hate to see one with another race when they could be with them. The controversy surrounding interracial dating and marriage has existed for centuries. Most opposition has stemmed from racist ideologies and concerns, such as fear of “racial impurity
Interracial marriages increase, though they still aren’t that common. Census Bureau specialists Roderick J. Harrison and Claudette Bennett report that the 1990 census showed about 1.1 million interracial couples, up slightly from not quite one million in 1980 and more than triple the 321,000 in 1970. When marriages between Hispanics and members of other minority groups or non- Hispanic whites are added in, there were 2.3 million interracial and intergroup marriages in 1990, compared with 1.6 million in 1980.
The number of interracial marriages in the United States has been on the rise from 310,000 in 1970, to 651,000 in 1980, and 1,161,000 in 1992, according to the US Census of 1993. Interracial marriages represented 0.7% of all marriages in 1970, rising to 1.3% in 1980 and 2.2% in 1992. With the introduction of the mixed-race category, the 2000 census revealed interracial marriage to be somewhat more widespread, with 2,669,558 interracial marriages recorded, or 4.9% of all marriages. It should be noted that these statistics do not take into account ethnic groups within the same broad categories
Married Couples in the United States in 2006 .
White Wife Black Wife Asian Wife Other Wife
White Husband 50,224,000 117,000 530,000 489,000
Black Husband 286,000 3,965,000 34,000 45,000
Asian Husband 174,000 6,000 2,493,000 13,000
Other Husband 535,000 23,000 41,000 558,000
Most of the interracial marriages and mixed race children are replete with narratives, facts, and figures about the challenges these individuals must overcome. The picture that is painted is often very grim. For example, the literature tells us that multiracial children catch a fare share of grief, and ugly slurs like “Oreo,” “half-breed,” and “mutt.” Many biracial children are pressured by their peers to choose one race and stay with it. They might be encouraged to “hang black,” “go white,” “kick it Latino,” or “roll Asian.”
In extreme cases, there are reports of mixed race children being slung into lockers, or beaten up in school bathrooms or parking lots because they do not conform to a single racial identity. The homes of interracial families have reportedly been targets of hate crimes by members of their communities who do not accept mixed race households. It is evident that violent acts against biracial children, and interracial families is mainly based on the perception that race-mixing dilutes the purity of a single race, thus making the mixed race person somehow developmentally inferior to mono race individuals. One study found that most believe that interracial families and multiracial children are a threat to the existing racial order This perception may largely be derived from the history of race relations in the United States rather than any scientific proof that racially mixed people are inferior.
Indeed, studies have been unable to provide definitive proof that children with biracial backgrounds are developmentally inferior to mono race children. There is no evidence to support claims that mixed race marriages and their offspring are a threat to society. Multiracial relationships seem to be rising because more marriages are reported and more people report identifying as multiracial.
Nearly 7 Million (2.4 percent) of Americans described themselves as multiracial in the 2000 Census. Among Americans younger than 18, for example, 4.2 percent were multiracial, compared with 1.9 percent of adults. Census officials claim that the number of interracial couples more than quadrupled between 1970 and 1995. Among the 13 states where the Census Bureau has released detailed race information so far, multiracial populations range from less than 1 percent in Mississippi to 4.5 percent in Oklahoma.
Among big counties in those states, Fairfax and Prince William counties in Virginia were among the top 10 with their multiracial populations, about 4 percent. Thirty years ago, only one in every 100 children born in the United States was of mixed race. Today that number is one in 19. In states like California and Washington it’s closer to one in 10 (Newsweek, May 8, 2000). In 1997 Interface, a magazine which targets interracial couples conducted a poll, “Best & Worst Cities To Live,” with its readers and found the top ten cities for interracial couples (ranked in order of preference): Montclair NJ, San Jose Ca, Denver CO, San Diego Ca, Washington DC, Seattle WA, Minneapolis MN, Madison MN, Oakland CA, and Columbus OH.
When African Americans and whites marry, there it is 2.65 times more likely to be an African American husband and a white wife. In fact, 73 percent of all African American and white marriages are this way. African American women are also beginning to get married to white men more and more.
In conclusion I would like to say that interracial marriages are starting to become more and more common in today’s society. A long time ago it might not have been accepted, but as things change people begin to get use to it no matter if they like it or not. As far as family structure goes for the African American the only problem I have with it is how it can affect your family and children because there are always going to be those people who have something to say about it. It is something that has to be predetermined before you decide to have a family. You have to look at all the bumps in the road ahead.