A recent study of college students' openness to interracial dating
revealed that half of the students sampled were open to interracial relationships (Knox, Zusman, Buffington, & Hemphill, 2000).
Though there is growing acceptance of interracial dating
and marriage, the phenomenon of residential segregation persists and may thwart the formation of such couples.
supra note 5, at 768 (noting that though "the conditioning bias to fear racial outgroup members was attenuated among those with more interracial dating
experience, consistent with a substantial body of research demonstrating that positive intergroup contact reduces negativity toward outgroups," only correlation, not causation, could be shown).
Additionally, for many Black women, the notion of interracial dating
is not appealing because of the "baggage"--amount of stress that might be placed on the relationship due to discrimination or opposition from family (Ortega, 2002).
Over the years I've written stories on interracial dating
and marriage, but until recent years it was not the subject of television shows and movies.
BJU at this point had actually changed its admissions policy to allow minorities to attend, but they prohibited their students from engaging in interracial dating
(again citing their interpretation of the biblical ban on the mixing of the races).
With mixed-race couples popping up in TV commercials for wireless service and beer, it's hard to argue that interracial dating
is much of a hot-button topic anymore.
Following a court decision, the school began to admit unmarried blacks in 1976 but adopted a discipline rule that prohibited interracial dating
and marriage; for example, interracial dating
and marriage meant expulsion and students affiliated with any group that promoted any change in the school's dating regulations were similarly subject to expulsion.
Jones, a Christian fundamentalist whose school earned notoriety in the 1980s for refusing to lift a ban on interracial dating
, could barely contain his glee at Bush's re-election.
First, all the shows have refused to test the waters of interracial dating
, and so far none have cast a bachelor/ette of color in the main role.
These pre-service teachers often disclose their hesitance to include in their classroom discussions of critical texts to confront difficult or sensitive issues like war, race, terrorism, homophobia, interracial dating
, domestic violence, alcohol addiction, human sexuality, and patriotism in the time-heightened security.
The author tackles many difficult subjects such as interracial dating
, infidelity and racism.