With close to two million interracial marriages in the United States, it is apparent that people are not letting the differences in culture hold them back from falling in love. These proportions are on the rise and are attracting a lot of attention from social scientists, marketers and politicians. Determining the reasons for the escalating trends of multicultural relationships will help to better predict the social structure of the future.
Although multicultural couples still encounter racism and prejudice in today’s modern world, things are much better than they once were. Before the legalization of interracial marriage in 1967, blacks and whites could not legally wed and mixed race children were considered abominations. Over the past forty years, the social response to the legalization of multiracial relationships has been a tenfold increase in multicultural marriages. Much of the public obviously approved of this change.
The increase in immigration has also been a significant factor in the escalating trend of multicultural relationships. Increasing rates of immigration result in growing populations of minorities within many large cities, offering a whole new spectrum to the selection process of dating. Immigration allows for a healthy racial mix to occur in many communities, resulting in a social desensitization to ethnic and cultural differences and an increased approval of mixed race relationships. Many people find the physical characteristics of different races attractive. Thus, the escalating social approval of mixed race relationships is helping to break down the social barriers that prevented many relationships from forming.
The media has promoted multicultural relationships via the power of role models. Celebrities, such as Tiger Woods and Mariah Carey (products of mixed race relationships) are popular role models that support the beauty and talent of multiracial people. Movies are also contributing to the social acceptance of multicultural relationships. “Jungle Fever” and “Guess Who?” are trendy movies that demonstrate the humorous side of interracial dating. While the films do poke fun at cultural differences, they effectively show that interracial dating is okay.
In order to maintain the successful acceptance of multicultural relationships, society should heighten its awareness of racial stereotypes and discrimination. The more aware people become of racial injustices, the less likely they will be to believe them. It is certain that multicultural relationships will continue to increase in number given that multiracial couples produce mixed race children. Due to their ethnic complexity, there is a very good chance that mixed race children will in turn marry someone of a different cultural background. Thanks to changes in society, multicultural relationships will endure.
The public’s outlook on socially and culturally sensitive issues is changing with every passing day. From 1967’s legalization of interracial marriages to current trends of legalizing gay marriages, it is apparent that, given time, society learns to accept change. Interracial dating and romance is no longer uncommon and is becoming well established throughout North American society. The individuals within these relationships are generally comfortable with the knowledge that they can both maintain their own culture as well as introduce themselves to another. These couples do not feel that they are betraying their roots by learning new customs. In fact, in most cases it is the parents that pressure their children into not abandoning their culture and thus to avoid dating those of different ethnicities. When it deals with other people, it appears that most individuals are willing to accept multicultural dating, but those same individuals are against it when it jeopardizes their own customs and beliefs.
Many parents are worried that mixed raced dating will somehow dilute their own culture and will threaten the preservation of their cultural beliefs. They feel that in order to control the weakening of their cultural bonds, they must restrict the actions of their children i.e. prevent them from dating outside of their culture. Parents worry that if their child falls in love with someone of a different culture, they might sacrifice their own traditions in order to make the relationship work. Technically, it is up to their children to make these decisions. Realistically, the parents have the power to decide. Many children who go against their parent’s will are punished with disapproval and even worse, alienation.
For couples in multicultural relationships, compromise is sometimes the best way to bridge the gap between the varying traditions. Choosing the most important traditions from each culture, while making sure to include the parents’ opinions, will allow the partners and their parents to feel equally significant. The parents may never be completely happy with the choices their child has made, but at least they won’t feel as thought that family roots have been betrayed.
People of different cultural backgrounds are not impervious to learning new customs and traditions. New partners may readily accept the challenge of engaging in the practices of different cultural groups. A person’s roots are not left behind simply because they are exposed to new customs. Cultural and familial roots make us who we are, and that can never be t
Interracial marriages and relationships have become increasingly accepted and encouraged by society. Since the 1967 legalization of interracial marriage, the number of mixed race marriages has more or less doubled with each passing decade. There are currently over 1.6 million interracial marriages in the United States and that figure is forecasted to continue rising. For the most part, relationships between races are no different than the interactions between people of the same race. There are however, certain issues such as faith, cultural traditions and racism that can cause tension and discomfort in the relationship.
Over 70% of American society has no problem with mixed race relationships, thus proving that people are starting to overcome racial stereotypes. Over 40% of Americans have already dated someone of another ethnicity and are pioneering a revolution in the dating scene. Many high school and college students are dating interracially, which is helping to increase awareness of mixed race relationships. Unfortunately, many of these relationships go unnoticed because the couples feel that either friends or family will not approve. Secret mixed race romances often occur because the parents are strict and forbid or discourage dating outside of one’s culture. Parents are often the perpetrators of stereotypes and racism. Many parents force their children to date within their culture, in order to avoid betraying their own cultural roots.
Successful relationships often result in marriage, and the wedding plans themselves can be a major struggle. Some couples choose to avoid cultural tradition altogether, some choose to have two separate weddings in order to celebrate both traditions properly, and some try to compromise by combining cultural customs and creating their own. When preparing for interracial weddings, many of the parents feel that their cultural traditions are being denied and can cause problems. Including the families in the decision making process is a great way to keep everyone communicating and feeling happy.
Once married, mixed race couples face more decisions concerning holiday traditions, religious worship and children. It is important to talk about where holidays will take place and which traditions they will choose to celebrate. Many couples choose to worship either separately or they will find a different faith that suits them both. Issues concerning children, and how they will be raised both in faith and cultural are also major concerns for mixed race parents. The mixed race children should also be taught how to deal with racism.
Almost all interracial families encounter racism in some shape or form. Many of these families will benefit from dealing with tough problems, like racism and will experience improved family strength and problem solving abilities. While there are many issues faced by those in interracial relationships, the friendships and romances are often worthwhile and fulfilling.
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