The rise in interracial marriages has been attributed to the improving race relations in the country.
(Image Source: Shutterstock / ejwhite ) BY XIAONAN WANG ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO Interracial marriage in the U.S. is on the rise. A recent survey found the rate has hit a new record. KNXV has the details: “New pew research center study finds a record of one in 12 marriages are couples now between different races. Researchers say 8.4% of all U.S. marriages are interracial. That’s up from 3.2 percent 1980.” Evidence also shows that attitudes towards intermarriage have dramatically changed over the past century. Here is more from Washingtonpost : "In a 1986 Roper Poll, two-thirds of the people said they could never imagine themselves marrying someone from a different race. In a 2009 Pew poll, just 6 percent of whites and 3 percent of blacks said they would not accept an interracial marriage in their family." And a MSNBC analyst says the trend is a good thing for the social consciousness. “I think that the biggest take away from this is really that interracial marriage is no longer a taboo. ...So what we're really seeing, I think, is a generational shift and it's really a shift for the good.” Some say the changing pattern in marriage symbolizes the improving race relations in the country. A Jezebel article cites a sociologist explaining the connection behind them. “Mixed-race children have blurred America's color line. They often interact with others on either side of the racial divide and frequently serve as brokers between friends and family members of different racial backgrounds." Although interracial marriages are becoming more common, Fox News Latino focuses on a discouraging scenario indicated from the same study. “The Pew study also tracks some divorce trends, citing studies using government data that found overall divorce rates higher for interracial couples.” But the trending discussion on interracial marriages is drawing ire from some people. They ask why it becomes topical anyway? CNN quotes some unhappy voices from social media. "Why do people give inter-racial dating so much lip service?" “I look forward to the day when stories about "inter-racial" marriages are no longer newsworthy." A researcher from Cornell University says most of the minorities who marry are not being married to other minorities, but to whites.