Approval for Black-White Marriages on the Rise in the U.S.

Gallup, Inc. wrote about the approval ratings of black-white marriages in July 2013. Reporting by Frank Newport says:

“Continuing to represent one of the largest shifts of public opinion in Gallup history, 87% of Americans now favor marriage between blacks and whites, up from 4% in 1958.”

The article also gives the following graph for approval ratings broken down by age groups:

Gallup, July 25, 2013.

Look at that: Where the national average for the adult U.S. population is 87%, approval for interracial marriages among 18 to 29 year-olds is a staggering 96%! My age group, 30 to 49, is only slightly behind with 93% approval. Go us young(er) generations! šŸ™‚

Mr. Newport finishes with some implications:

“Americans’ attitudes about interracial marriage have changed dramatically over the past 55 years, moving from the point in the late 1950s when disapproval was well over 90%, to the point today when approval is approaching 90%. […] The major shift in attitudes about such unions, however, is a telling indicator of the general shift in views of racial matters on many fronts in the U.S. over the last five decades.” [original emphasis]

Word. Because someone’s likeability, importance or character aren’t intrinsically tied to external features like their handedness, the color of their eyes or whether they’re white, black, yellow, green or purple with pink spots.

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