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    Interracial Marriages Slow Down

    Interracial marriage still rising, but not as fast
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    WASHINGTON – Melting pot or racial divide? The growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians. Still, blacks are substantially more likely than before to marry whites.

    The number of interracial marriages in the U.S. has risen 20 percent since 2000 to about 4.5 million, according to the latest census figures. While still growing, that number is a marked drop-off from the 65 percent increase between 1990 and 2000.

    About 8 percent of U.S. marriages are mixed-race, up from 7 percent in 2000.

    The latest trend belies notions of the U.S. as a post-racial, assimilated society. Demographers cite a steady flow of recent immigration that has given Hispanics and Asians more ethnically similar partners to choose from while creating some social distance from whites due to cultural and language differences.

    White wariness toward a rapidly growing U.S. minority population also may be contributing to racial divisions, experts said.

    "Racial boundaries are not going to disappear anytime soon," said Daniel Lichter, a professor of sociology and public policy at Cornell University. He noted the increase in anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks as well as current tensions in Arizona over its new immigration law.

    "With a white backlash toward immigrant groups, some immigrants are more likely to turn inward to each other for support," Lichter said.

    Broken down by race, about 40 percent of U.S.-born Asians now marry whites — a figure unchanged since 1980. Their likelihood of marrying foreign-born Asians, meanwhile, multiplied 3 times for men and 5 times for women, to roughly 20 percent.

    Among U.S.-born Hispanics, marriages with whites increased modestly from roughly 30 percent to 38 percent over the past three decades. But when it came to marriages with foreign-born Hispanics, the share doubled — to 12.5 percent for men, and 17.1 percent for women.

    In contrast, blacks are now three times as likely to marry whites than in 1980. About 14.4 percent of black men and 6.5 percent of black women are currently in such mixed marriages, due to higher educational attainment, a more racially integrated military and a rising black middle class that provides more interaction with other races.

    The numbers reflect in part an internal struggle that Asians and Hispanics say they feel navigating two cultural worlds — the U.S. and their parents' homeland.

    Hai Nguyen, 37, of Houston recalls the instant connection she felt after meeting her first Vietnamese boyfriend, Greg, in college. Nguyen says while she had to explain herself to white boyfriends, with Greg it was a feeling that "he so gets me, because we eat the same food, we like the same things, our families know each other and there is so little that needs to be said."

    With the enthusiastic support of her parents, she and Greg married. But their connection soon began to fade, due partly to Nguyen's budding career as a business analyst, which clashed with more traditional expectations for her to "always have fresh food on the table." The two divorced and Nguyen is now remarried to Jon, who is white.

    "My parents have prejudices, but they've accepted it," said Nguyen. She described occasionally feeling different with her parents and other single-race couples. "They know it's inevitable. My native tongue will eventually fade, and history will take its course."

    The demographic shifts can complicate conventional notions of racial identity.

    Due to increasing interracial marriages, multiracial Americans are a small but fast-growing demographic group, making up about 5 percent of the minority population. Together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U.S. population by mid-century.

    Still, many multiracial people — particularly those who are part black — shun a "multi" label in favor of identifying as a single race.

    By some estimates, two-thirds of those who checked the single box of "black" on the census form are actually mixed, including President Barack Obama, who identified himself as black in the 2010 census even though his mother was white.

    Census figures also show:

    _Hawaii had the highest share of mixed marriages, about 32 percent. It was followed by Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada, which ranged from 15 percent to 19 percent. The bottom five states were Pennsylvania, Maine, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia, each ranging from 3 percent to 4 percent.

    _Mississippi had the fastest growth in mixed marriages from 2000-08, a sign of closer ties between blacks and whites, though it still ranked second to last in overall share of mixed marriages.

    _Mixed marriages jumped from 2.25 million to 3.7 million, or 65 percent, from 1990-2000, as such unions became more broadly accepted in Southern states.

    _Among U.S.-born whites, about 0.3 percent married blacks in 1980; that figure rose to about 1 percent in 2008. About 0.3 percent of whites married Asians in 1980 and about 1 percent in 2008. About 2 percent of whites married Hispanics in 1980, rising to about 3.6 percent in 2008.

    Juan Thurman, 37, a Houston sales account manager, says both family pressure and a strong ethnic identity weighed heavily on him as a Hispanic when he was dating, even as he found himself interacting more with other races in school.

    In high school and at Rice University, Thurman said, he had fewer opportunities to meet Hispanic women in his honors classes. Ultimately, he married Emily, who is white, based on shared life views of gender equity and a liberal outlook toward religion. He relishes having friends of many different backgrounds.

    "Interracial marriage is not a big deal," Thurman said. "Still, from a family standpoint, I did feel culturally different and I continue to feel so."

    The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households. The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity. For purposes of defining interracial marriages, Hispanic is counted as a race.
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    One of the saddest sights I ever see is English grandparEnts out with their negroid mongrel grandchildren, forced to nurture the death of their own bloodline. We are merEly the tempOrArY occupants of our genes, a thousand years of theiR ancestors lived, loved struggled and died to pass that genetic inheritance on to them. It is not theirs to kick into the gutter.

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    1: Maybe most of those who are tempted to jump the colorline have already done so. Good riddance to them.

    2: Many people do not bother to marry anymore. Those who are open to the ideal of interracial relationships are also more likely to be open to the new social norms which views marriage as an archaic institution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortress Germania View Post
    One of the saddest sights I ever see is English grandparEnts out with their negroid mongrel grandchildren, forced to nurture the death of their own bloodline. We are merEly the tempOrArY occupants of our genes, a thousand years of theiR ancestors lived, loved struggled and died to pass that genetic inheritance on to them. It is not theirs to kick into the gutter.
    There comes a point when you have nothing left to lose. They are there. All that remains is to realize it and act upon it. But then, they were too stupid and cowardly to raise their children right in the first place.

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    Still, many multiracial people — particularly those who are part black — shun a "multi" label in favor of identifying as a single race.

    By some estimates, two-thirds of those who checked the single box of "black" on the census form are actually mixed, including President Barack Obama, who identified himself as black in the 2010 census even though his mother was white.
    Funny how that goes doesn't it.

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    The numbers are still increasing, this is just so sad for us as a people.

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    Looking at the bigger picture, this is what happens with cultural marxism. People are no longer connected by race and ancestry. This is the slow death of our people and our history.

    I'm not saying that this cannot be reversed we just have to more diligent and outspoken about the logic of racial preservation.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    One-in-Seven New U.S. Marriages is Interracial or Interethnic

    I think by interethnic they are referring to Hispanic + other, Hispanic being a (legally) ethnic, not racial, catagory. Most Americans think of Hispanic as a racial catagory.


    From the Pew Research Center:
    Key Findings:

    ■A record 14.6% of all new marriages in the United States in 2008 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another. This includes marriages between a Hispanic and non-Hispanic (Hispanics are an ethnic group, not a race) as well as marriages between spouses of different races -- be they white, black, Asian, American Indian or those who identify as being of multiple races or "some other" race.
    ■Among all newlyweds in 2008, 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 31% of Asians married someone whose race or ethnicity was different from their own.
    ■Gender patterns in intermarriage vary widely. Some 22% of all black male newlyweds in 2008 married outside their race, compared with just 9% of black female newlyweds. Among Asians, the gender pattern runs the other way. Some 40% of Asian female newlyweds married outside their race in 2008, compared with just 20% of Asian male newlyweds. Among whites and Hispanics, by contrast, there are no gender differences in intermarriage rates.
    ■Rates of intermarriages among newlyweds in the U.S. more than doubled between 1980 (6.7%) and 2008 (14.6%). However, different groups experienced different trends. Rates more than doubled among whites and nearly tripled among blacks. But for both Hispanics and Asians, rates were nearly identical in 2008 and 1980.
    ■These seemingly contradictory trends were both driven by the heavy, ongoing Hispanic and Asian immigration wave of the past four decades. For whites and blacks, these immigrants (and, increasingly, their U.S.-born children who are now of marrying age) have enlarged the pool of potential spouses for out-marriage. But for Hispanics and Asians, the ongoing immigration wave has also enlarged the pool of potential partners for in-group marriage.
    ■There is a strong regional pattern to intermarriage. Among all new marriages in 2008, 21% in the West were interracial or interethnic, compared with 13% in both the South and Northeast and 11% in the Midwest.
    ■Most Americans say they approve of racial or ethnic intermarriage -- not just in the abstract, but in their own families. More than six-in-ten say it "would be fine" with them if a family member told them they were going to marry someone from any of three major race/ethnic groups other than their own.

    Click Here to read entire article.
    This PDF file has a lot of data on marriage by gender & race, along with data for the differnent states:http://pewsocialtrends.org/assets/pdf/755-appendix.pdf


    The "good news" is that 91% of White females in America still marry White males, 2% marry Negroes, 5% marry Hispanics & 1% marry Asians. Among White men 91% marry White, only 1% marry Negro.

    What is not included in this data is unmarried couples or interracial births. 11% of newborns in the US with White mothers have non-White fathers, higher then the 9% of White women who marry outside their race.

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    Probably about half of young American couples I see are interracial. On trash TV like Jerry Springer, Maury etc. the vast majority of white women (and a large minority of white men) have non-white partners. On more "middle-class" reality shows, it seems to be half and half. In real life, the young American tourist couples are interracial about 50% of the time. On Facebook, I had an Iowan friend, and browsing through her friends, even in rural Iowa, roughly 25-30% of relationships were interracial.

    This doesn't seem to be the case with Americans over 40, whom I almost never see in mixed relationships.

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    It will get progressively worse each generation, though I hope it changes. The majority of interracial couples I see in my country are younger people

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