USAPP -- American Politics and Policy (Research Blog)
Interracial marriage -- United States -- Public opinion, Miscegenation -- United States -- Public opinion, Race relations, Interracial marriage -- Sociological aspects
Recent decades have seen a dramatic fall in the number of people that support laws which prohibit interracial marriages, and an increase in the number of these marriages. But why does the rate of interracial marriages remain so low, when compared to same-race marriages? Using national data from the past three decades, Ginny E. Garcia, Richard Lewis Jr., and Joanne Ford-Robertson show that while attitudes towards interracial marriages have changed, many groups still have negative attitudes towards Black-White unions. They find that those who perceive social and economic competition with Blacks, such as those with lower levels of education, were more likely to support laws that prohibit interracial marriages and engage in behaviors that prevent Black’s wider participation in society.
Garcia, Ginny E., Richard Lewis, Jr., and Joanne Ford-Robertson. 2015. “Most Americans are now opposed to laws against interracial marriage, but their behavior does not yet reflect these attitudes.” USAPP – American Politics and Policy (Research Blog), London School of Economics.