Notable fictional examples include Olivia and Fitz on Scandal and Mindy and Danny on The Mindy Project, while the persistent presence of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on our magazine covers show how it's done in real life.Too often, on-screen interracial relationships are limited to the pairing of a white person, usually a male, with a woman of color, ignoring the fact that other constructions do exist.These laws weren't overturned until the Supreme Court case, Loving vs. In that case, the Supreme Court found that it was unconstitutional for the state of Virginia to ban interracial marriage. A poll conducted two years early, in 1965 by the Gallup Company revealed that 72 percent of whites in the South wanted a ban on interracial marriage. Since then, the number of marriages has grown significantly.In 1970 there were only 65,000 marriages involving African-Americans and Whites. Among all interracial couples, they represented two percent of marriages in 1970 according to a Stanford University study.
Founded in 1996 and based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Council’s mission is to enhance the national understanding of how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met.In 1990, for example, about 14 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds, 12 percent of 20- to 21-year-olds and 7 percent of 34- to 35-year-olds were involved in interracial relationships.Roughly 10 years later, 20 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds and 16 percent of 24- to 25-year-olds were in an interracial relationship.Interracial relationships aren't a panacea to end racism, of course; nor can any type of relationship be over-generalized as better than another.But interracial relationships can actively help make America a more diverse, accepting place. Witnessing interracial couples in pop culture won't immediately rid Americans of racist ideas, but it helps.