Al Stamps listens as his wife, Kim, speaks about her home schooling of the couple's children, son Alkebu-lan, 12, background, and daughter Abyssinia, 10, right, during a photo session at Cool Al's, a popular restaurant in Jackson, Miss., on April 3. Stanford: 7 percent of couples interracial Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7 percent of America’s 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2 percent in 1970. The Supreme Court ruled that Virginia could not criminalize the marriage that Richard Loving, a white, and his black wife, Mildred, entered into nine years earlier in Washington, D. But what once seemed so radical to many Americans is now commonplace. Last year, the Salvation Army installed Israel Gaither as the first black leader of its U. Opinion polls show overwhelming popular support, especially among younger people, for interracial marriage. Interviews with interracial couples from around the country reveal varied challenges, and opposition has lingered in some quarters.
In some categories of interracial marriage, there are distinct gender-related trends. Le, a Vietnamese-American who teaches sociology at the University of Massachusetts, says the pattern has created some friction in Asian-American communities.
More than twice as many black men marry white women as vice versa, and about three-fourths of white-Asian marriages involve white men and Asian women. “Some of the men view the women marrying whites as sellouts, and a lot of Asian women say, ’Well, we would want to date you more, but a lot of you are sexist or patriarchal,”’ said Le, who attributes the friction in part to gender stereotypes of Asians that have been perpetuated by American films and TV shows.
”’ “Making friends here has been really, really tough,” Kim said.
“I’ll go five years at a time with no white friends at all.” Yet some of the worst friction has been with her black in-laws.
Kenney is well aware that some blacks view interracial marriage as a potential threat to black identity, and she knows her two daughters, now 15 and 11, will face questions on how they identify themselves.