Smith, like 84.5 percent of people in his racial/ethnic group, he is marrying within his race.” The first chart in that piece contained the answer to Mr.
Smith’s racial identity; unlike 15.5 percent of Blacks, he is not entering an interracial marriage. Both the headlines and the data about interracial marriage remind us that we need to think critically about what numbers we hear about really tell us about social change.
Incredibly, anti-miscegenation laws remained on the books until the latter half of the 20th century, making interracial relationships taboo and posing barriers to mixed-race couples.
A major reason interracial relationships continue to carry stigma is their association with violence.
Interracial marriages, despites the challenges it faced in the early centuries due to slavery and racial segregations is now common across many cultures.