"The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University."Mixed-race children have blurred America's color line.S., however, anti-miscegenation laws surfaced in various states that barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them.Miscegenation is defined by sexual relations between people from different racial groups.
Although in early America, whites and Native Americans, Native Americans and blacks and blacks and whites openly procreated with one another, the introduction of institutionalized slavery changed the nature of such relationships entirely.
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Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites.
have climbed to 4.8 million - a record 1 in 12 - as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses.
A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.