Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Celebrate Loving: Interracial Marriage on the 50th Anniversary of Loving v Virginia
This week is the 50th anniversary of one of the great Supreme Court decisions, Loving v Virginia. In 1967, interracial marriage was illegal in the lingering residue of the slave states. Only 3% of American marriages were interracial. Loving changed that.
Today, 11% of all marriages are interracial, and the rates are rising. An even better indicator of the future is that 17% of all new marriages are interracial. Hispanics and Asians are leading the way - already more than 1/4th of their marriages are interracial.
Attitudes toward interracial marriage have also improved dramatically. In 1990 - not in the dark ages before the Civil Rights Movement, but just one generation ago - most white people opposed intermarriage for themselves or their relatives. Now that group is down to 14%.
Even more indicative of a sea-change in attitudes: today, almost 40% of Americans think interracial marriage is a good thing for the country.