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Transcript of Interracial Dating
today is gradually decreasing in comparison to previous years Introduction •Social dominance theory suggests that we have a
predisposition to form group based on social hierarchies
to ensure our own group maintains power while keeping
others subordinate/oppressed (Lalonde, Giguere, Fontaine, & Smith, 2007). History of Interracial Dating Interracial dating was not successful in the 1850's
In order to preserve their race, the white population made it legal for couples to interracial date
Similarly, Chinese men were banned from dating white women (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007)
Consequences of interracial relations
June 12, 1967 the laws against interracial marriages were abolished
20% of all marriages in America are interracial (Wellner, 2012) Trends of Interracial Dating 74% of Japanese have dated outside of their racial and ethnic group.
47% of the Spanish population interracially dated.
40% of Blacks have shared themselves with people of different races and ethnicities.
85% of interracial couples had included a white individual (La Rose, 2008).
Ethnic groups least likely to interracially date:
Only 16% of Chinese dated interracially.
Only 13% of South Asians dated interracially (Chowdhury, 2004).
Due to their high degree of institutional completeness (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007). Trends of Interracial Dating The Toronto demographic consists of more than 1/3 racial and ethnic peoples.
10% of Torontonians aged 20-29 are part of an interracial couple (Lalonde, Giguere, Fontaine, & Smith, 2007).
The homosexual population has just over 20% of interracial couples
20% of interracial couples within the heterosexual population (Lee, 2012).
The homosexual population is smaller than the heterosexual population, therefore they are exposed to more diversities within their small communities and increasing the chances they will come in contact with different racial or ethnic people. What would you do? Why Has Interracial Dating Increased Canadian Immigration Policy
Canadian Immigration Policy has changed since 1960 to focus on receiving immigrants from nations other than Britain and France (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007).
The increased immigration from various nations around the world has lead to a cultural mosaic (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007).
Multiculturalism Policy promoted pluralism which is the tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity and is central to Canadian unity (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007).
A public declaration of Canadian values which essentially gave permission and encouragement for citizens to interracially date (Satzewich & Liodakis, 2007).
80% of the Canadian population report themselves as approving of interracial dating (Lalonde, Giguere, Fontaine, & Smith, 2007). Interracial Dating Sites Disadvantages of Interracial Dating Interracial relationships were found to end in 66% of cases
The divorce rate for interracial marriages is 66% higher than the national average (Reiter, 2008).
Divorce is due to different communication styles between people in interracial couples.
Divorce is due to negative public reactions towards their interracial relationship, stares, avoidance, shunning (Reiter, 2008). Disadvantages of Interracial Dating Interracial relationships were found to end in 66% of cases
Divorce is due to domestic Violence within interracial relationships.
People in interracial couples are more likely to assault their partners
People in interracial couples aremore likely to be injured and arrested for domestic violence. Benefits of Interracial Dating • Learning about another culture or religion
• Being exposed to new ways of thinking
• Incorporating aspects of the culture/race/religion into your daily life
• Becoming stronger in what you believe
• Having new experiences with someone you love and respect
• Possibly learning a new language
• Being exposed to another country
• Teaching others through your experience (California State University) Similarities of our Interview •Females: All have interracially dated in the past, friends/family have not expressed concern with their partner’s race, partners are welcome to join family/friends’ social events, parents do not expect them to marry into their own race
•Males: All have interracially dated in the past, friends/family have not expressed concern with their partner’s race, partners are welcome to join family/friends’ social events, parents do not expect them to marry into their own race, never feared revealing their partner’s race to friends and family Differences of our Interview •Females: Race/ethnicity they identify with, length of their current relationship, some were hesitant about revealing their partner’s race to friends/family, some said age/gender/religion/education were larger determining factors than race/ethnicity to their family/friends, advice on interracial dating
•Males: Race/ethnicity they identify with, length of their current relationship, some said education and religion were larger determining factors than race/ethnicity to their family/friends, advice on interracial dating References Conclusion Decrease in degree of disapproval faced by interracial couples
Friends, families, and society overall are more accepting of interracial dating
Interracial dating will lead to the elimination of group solidarity
Interracial dating will eventually force the extinction of race as a social construction Interview Questions: 1) What race/ethnicity do you identify as? What race/ethnicity does your partner identify as?
2) How long have you been in your relationship?
3) Have you inter-racially dated before?
4) Have you ever feared revealing your partner's race to family/friends?
5) Have family/friends expressed concern with your partner’s race?
6) Is your partner welcome to join family/friends' social events?
7) Is it expected by parents that you eventually marry into your own race?
8) List some pros and cons of interracial dating.
9) What other factors (i.e. age, gender, religion, class, etc.) are LARGER determining factors than race/ethnicity for acceptance of your partner by family/friends?
10) If you could give someone advice about interracial dating, what would it be? Benefits of interracial dating. (2011, September 05).Ownmag, Retrieved fromhttp://ownbla.com/magazine/relationshipadvice/datingadvice/benefits-of-interracial-dating/California State University. (n.d.).
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