According to a new study, interracial relationships are at an all-time high. 14.6% of U.S. marriages are now interracial, a giant leap from 6.8% in 1980. CNN explains:
"Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race."
I feel qualified to comment on this story, as I am personally involved in an interracial relationship. My girlfriend is Chinese. I wish I could take credit for being progressive, or call myself a trendsetter, or pretend that I’m ahead of the curve. But the truth is, like many interracial couples, I don’t even think about race when I think about my relationship. My girlfriend is just a human being I enjoy spending time with. It’s not any different than dating a white girl. Oh sure, every couple of weeks my girlfriend will cook an Asian meal and the house will smell like soy sauce, and I’m reminded of the fact that I’m in an interracial relationship. Or once in awhile I’ll forget to lock the doors when I go out, and my girlfriend remembers that she’s dating a white guy. Most of the time, though, we don’t even think about it. And that to me is the reason that interracial relationships are on the rise. To me and my peers, it’s not about the color of someone’s skin. It’s about loving another person so deeply that you think of them as white.
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