The Rise of Interracial Marriage

Those searching for more signs of "how far American has come" from its ugly racist past have a new statistic to latch onto. According to a new Pew study 8.4 percent of all American marriages are between people of different races, an all-time high. For perspective, interracial marriages constituted only a 3.2 percent share back in 1980. Obviously, much of that growth has to do with interracial relationships becoming less taboo, as reflected in roughly 15 percent of recent marriages (in 2010) being between different races. In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled against bans on interracial marriages.

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