Interracial marriages - why the discrepancy between attitudes and actions?
In some not so very ancient polls on interracial dating, findings show that 83% of Americans are okay with it. Its like moss people are gradually moving towards a race-less society if you wish to call it that.
Is this a positive sign? Yes? No? Maybe?
Well these poll results are quite surprising. Ok at least that’s what I thought. Lets analyze this:
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The number of interracial unions in the US is around the 7% mark. My dear readers, who will so kind to explain the disparity between the high approval rate and relatively low numbers of interracial couples who end up tying the knot?
So the trend is growing… but we must admit one painful truth… it's been slow to develop. Considering the prejudice that was like the fashion trend in the earlier part of the 20th century this is hardly surprising.
Well, this discrepancy goes to show the talking the laws off the books, hasn’t changed some of our attitudes. The demographic surveys make interesting reading and produce some unusual results. Stuff like Asian American females are 2.5 times more likely to marry a white American than an Asian American male… or African American males are 2.5 times more likely to be married to a white female, than African American females to a white male could be the reason for such a discrepancy.
Does this mean that having a positive attitude towards interracial dating and actually dating interracially are not related whatsoever? Well I always thought attitude builds actions. Are those that welcome the idea of interracial marriages scared of being regarded as sell "selling out the race᾿ when they actually intermarry?
Well another reason for this discrepancy may be that resistance to interracial marriage tends to be hidden. When people are responding to surveys most respondents probably just want to appear progressive in their views. They don’t want to be the ones pulling American’s down. And if this is the case, then their answers may not be entirely representative of their true feelings.
Going by this assumption, will we ever get to the society in which race will cease to matter as much as it has in the past? Or are we just comfortable with dragging our feet hope to get there eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-ventually?
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