Times are changing and interracial dating is becoming more and more widely accepted by Americans. In her article called “Love is Color Blind” (see below), Galia Myron says that while social pressure could be conditioning the answers given in surveys, younger people are generally more accepting of mixed-race dating than their parents. In fact, even older people are more open minded about interracial dating than they were in the past.
Of course, the online dating crowd is, by definition, at the forefront of the interracial dating revolution. Most people who look for love through online dating sites such as Interracialcupid are specifically attracted by the exotic beauty of different races. Latin women, Asian women, Eastern European women and women from all over the world each have their unique charms, and many western men find the cultural nuances very appealing indeed.
Yes, true love is color blind, but many times it is the exotic differences such as color that spark off the attraction in the first place!
Love is Color Blind PDF Print E-mail Written by Galia Myron Thursday, 28 January 2010 16:27 American attitudes indicate increasing acceptance of interracial dating, especially among Millennials. Most Americans are open-minded about interracial dating, with younger generations increasingly more tolerant than their predecessors, says a Pew Research report. People of any generation also grow more accepting of interracial relationships as they age, the survey indicated. Overall, says the report, since 1987, the percentage of Americans approving of interracial dating has increased dramatically, from nearly half (48 percent) to a vast majority (83 percent).
Does tolerance of interracial relationships indicate progress across all race-related issues?
Blogger and book author Angela Dion of Dion Communications is black and has been married to a white man for 22 years. She says, yes, “absolutely.”
“We’re not done yet but things have certainly progressed since 25 years ago when my husband and I started dating,” she says.
Older generations—the same people who may have given interracial couples grief years ago—have also measured as more tolerant. Why?
“We’re in this era of political correctness,” Dion says. “People may be more willing to say interracial dating doesn’t bother them even if they don’t truly feel that way. Some things were okay to speak and disapprove of ‘back in the day’ but now these attitudes will get you labeled a racist.”
“I think the explanation for why all cohorts are showing greater acceptance of interracial dating is more complicated than it seems,” says Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D. who teaches a course of the psychology of race and ethnicity at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Lyubansky agrees that sometimes people are not completely honest about their personal feelings on race due to potential social ramifications.
“I believe there is a strong social desirability effect,” he explains. “Because our current norms are more accepting of interracial dating, there is increasing pressure on those who are opposed to it to keep their views to themselves, even in an anonymous survey.”