Like Jay-Z once said, the numbers don’t lie. That is especially true of interracial relationships and marriages in the new millennium. Though interracial dating has proven to still be a minefield on occasion, interracial marriages nationally have more than quadrupled to 1.4 million since 1970, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Millennials are different from their baby boomer counterparts in that a large majority of 18-to-29 year olds express support, at least publicly for interracial marriage within their families. According to the Pew Research Center, roughly nine-in-ten say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to an African American (88 percent), a Hispanic American (91 percent), an Asian American (93 percent) or a white American (92 percent).
Conversely, the number of people more accepting of miscegenation consistently drops as the age group rises. Pew Research states that while about 85 percent of millennials are accepting of interracial relationships and marriages, 73 percent of among 30-to-49-year-olds are cool with it. The number dives down to around 55 percent among 50-to-64-year-olds and is a minuscule 38 percent of those ages 65 and older. Also, blacks over 55 are considerably more accepting of interracial marriage than are whites of the same age.
What are the reasons behind this cultural paradigm shift in the views on race amalgamation? Why are millennials more accepting of biracialism than their parents and much more so than their grandparents and great-grandparents.
Let’s take a look at five reasons why millennials are more accepting of interracial dating than previous generations.