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Teenage Interracial Dating Facts

Updated July 19, 2017

"Today's teen population is the most racially diverse this country has ever seen...They have friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents of all kinds. Race isn't necessarily something they think about," writes Amy Goldwasser, author of the Huntington Post article "Red the Book: The Interracial Generation."

Facts

Dating is considered "interracial" when it involves people of different racial backgrounds.

History

In a 1977 Gallup poll, 52 percent of teens approved of interracial marriages between blacks and whites. In 1997 teens gave interracial marriages high approval ratings--94 percent between Hispanics and non-Hispanics, 93 percent between Asians and non-Asians, and 91 percent between blacks and whites. They also reported that 73 percent of teens think interracial dating is "no big deal."

Considerations

Everyone might not approve, especially older generations. A 2002 Gallup poll reported that the only 30 percent of those 65 and older approved of interracial marriage, while approval ratings increased to 86 percent among 18-29 year-olds.

A study by George Yancey suggests that students who attend racially diverse schools are more likely to have interracial relationships, while those who live in less diverse areas are not as likely, simply because of the lack of racial diversity.

Demographics

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 6.8 million (2.4 percent) Americans identified themselves as multiracial. It also reported that nearly half of the country's multiracial population was under age 18.

Significance

The growing acceptance of interracial dating exemplifies that the U.S. is embracing the truth of the Declaration of Independence statement that "all men are created equal."

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About the Author

Sarah Njuguna graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 and has been writing ever since. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in English, rhetorical and professional communication, as well as a minor in technical communication. She has experience in technical, creative and informational writing. Her work has been published on eHow and Trails.