Dating across racial lines
“As a result, the gap between conservatives and liberals in revealed same-race preferences, while still substantial, is not as pronounced as their stated attitudes would suggest.” The researchers suggest that what’s going on here isn’t overt racism.
Instead, it’s an interplay of social issues operating just below the surface.
As recently as 1995, fewer than half of all Gallup survey respondents favored interracial marriage—and only 4 percent did in 1985.
Now such sentiments are relegated to shadowy Internet message boards and corners of right-wing talk radio.
That is not even remotely close to how it works in real life. Black men and women get far fewer responses to their initial inquiries then virtually any other group across the board. White women strongly prefer men of their own race to all other races or ethnicities.
And yet, while the actual number of interracial relationships in the United States is certainly climbing, the overwhelming majority of Americans are in relationships with another person of their same race.
In 2010, only about 15 percent of new marriages were interracial—bringing the total number up to 8.4 percent from 3.2 percent in 1980.
We examine the assortative mating patterns of new parents who are married, cohabiting, romantically involved and no longer romantically involved.
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study, we find that relationship status at the time of a birth depends mainly on father's race rather than on whether mother and father's race/ethnicity differ.
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Crossing educational lines has little effect on relationship status at birth, but same-education couples had a slightly lower risk of divorce following the birth.