Black men are more than twice as likely to intermarry than their Black female counterparts (24 percent vs. The latest data shows that 17 percent of Blacks in 2010 “married out” — compare this to nine, 26, and 28 percent of Whites, Hispanics, and Asians, respectively.The mid-Atlantic region, according to , has the highest concentration of Black and White lovers — this includes Virginia, Maryland, and D. I know what you’re thinking, “Are any of these interracial marriages actually lasting? Interracial marriages have a 41 percent chance of swirling out of control.But thanks to , a 1967 landmark Supreme Court case, today’s Halles, Paulas, and Imans needn’t hide their affections for their fair-skinned lovers. Today, a record-high 87 percent of Americans approve of Whites and Blacks tying the knot, according to Gallup. In 1995, 68 percent of Blacks approved while only 45 percent of Whites did the same.
Some of the relationships depicted aren’t entirely , of course.Although such laws officially remained on the books in several states, the Lovings’ landmark victory rendered them effectively unenforceable, ensuring nobody else would have to endure the same treatment.The last law officially prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in 2000. If not, chances are you’ve at least read about one or seen one on TV or film. Since slavery, American artists have imagined interracial desire as a danger to black women or to white purity or a moral crisis.Since it was impossible to imagine racism ending, in the narratives, society overpowered the lovers and they died or were split.Prior to the 1960s, it was very common for light-skinned black characters to be portrayed by white actors (especially when paired romantically or sexually with a white character), so where applicable, you’ll find information on that in the notes column as well.