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Interracial Marriage

Sociology 323

Trisha Leishman

on 8 April 2013

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Contact Theory “Inter-group contact between people of equal status in harmonious circumstances will cause them to become less prejudiced and to abandon previously held stereotypes.”

The presence of a common goal in connection with equal status will reduce hostility.

Without contact, stereotypes are endorsed and perpetuated History of Interracial Marriage
in the United States 1664 – Maryland bans marriage between whites and slaves.
1691 – The Commonwealth of Virginia bans all interracial marriages.
1780 – Pennsylvania repeals law banning interracial marriage.
1843 – Massachusetts becomes the second state to repeal interracial marriage.
1871 – Rep. Andrew King proposes a U.S. constitutional amendment banning all marriage between whites and people of color in every state throughout the country.
1883 – Pace v. Alabama
1964 – McLaughlin v. Florida
1967 – Loving v. Virginia
2000 – Alabama State Constitution amended. College Campuses 400 individuals’ were surveyed about attitudes toward interracial dating:
-Younger people were more open than older
-Men were more agreeable than women
-Caucasians were slightly more open than Blacks

Reasons for discouraging interracial dating:
-Family and societal pressure, lack of proximity BYU Campus Statistics
-Students come from all 50 states, District of Columbia and 110 additional countries
-94% of students are from the United States, 6% are international students
-As of Fall 2012, 14% of students are minorities Amanda Gubler, Trisha Leishman,
Lydia Nelson, and Clare Thomas Interracial Marriage Race and Gender References Student Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1,944
Hispanic: 1, 610
Black: 254
American Indian: 211
Other/Multi-ethnic: 488 Students are becoming more diverse, but are
still among the majority at BYU. Approximately 27,000
Caucasian students Brigham Young University. (2013). BYU
Demographics [Data file]. Retrieved from: http://yfacts.byu.edu/article?id=135
Firmin, M. W., & Firebaugh, S. (2008). Historical
analysis of college campus interracial dating. College Student Journal, 42(3). Retrieved from: http://web.ebscohost.com.erl.lib.byu.edu
Knox, D., Zusman, M. E., Buffington, C., Hemphill, G.
(2000). Interracial dating attitudes among college students. College Student Journal, 34(1). Retrieved from: http://web.ebscohost.com.erl.lib.byu.edu
Schaefer, R. T. (2012). Race and Ethnicity in the
United States. Boston: Pearson. Almost half (49.6%) of the respondents
reported that they were open to involvement
in an interracial relationship.

Almost a quarter (24.2%) said that they
had dated someone of another race. Meaningful Contact
-Brief and superficial contact is not
enough to change mentalities
-Contact must provide an
opportunity for bonding and friendship -9% of Whites had a spouse of a different race
-16% of Blacks had a spouse of a different race
-26% of Hispanics had a spouse of a different race
-31% of Asians had a spouse of a different race
-Native-born Hispanics and Asians were much more likely to intermarry than their foreign-born counterparts -Among Black men, 22% had a spouse of a different race, while only 9% of Black women did

-40% of Asian women had a spouse of a different race, but 20% of Asian men had a spouse of a different race

-Gender did not have any significant effect on either White or Hispanic marriages -Western states tend to have the
highest rates, around 20-25%
-Generally, the more diverse a state is,
the higher the interracial marriage rates
-At 28% of all new marriages, Nevada
had the highest rates, followed by
Oregon with 24%
-The Midwest had the lowest rates,
averaging around 10% Regions
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