A man actually slowed his car and shouted, “Hey, hon, when you’re ready to go back to black give me a call! That’s a finding from a new report from the Pew Research Center looking at the state of interracial marriage today.Intermarriage is rarest in metro areas in southern states (Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas), as well as two metro areas in Pennsylvania.Jackson, Mississippi, and Asheville, North Carolina, tie at 3 percent for the lowest share of intermarried newlyweds.But when you are part of an interracial couple, it’s how it’s asked, where it’s asked and whom it’s asked by, that usually sends a signal that this isn’t just another nosy inquiry from your elderly aunt (who wants to make sure you’re not trying that new fangled online dating stuff).When you’re in a group of relative strangers, such as at a cocktail party, with multiple couples, and someone singles you out and asks with arched eyebrow, “So how did you two meet?It just doesn’t make sense…at least not to me.”Just as it apparently didn’t make sense to the police officers, and whichever witnesses allegedly sent them to the scene.One of my friends said she and her husband got the question so frequently, often long before more traditional small talk—such as “How do you know the hosts? ”—that depending on the setting and her sense of humor that night, she might reply with a straight face: “Strip club.” They are both successful executives. She would of course always come clean, after everyone enjoyed an awkward chuckle.
The gap between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, however, “is driven entirely by whites,” according to the report.
Intermarriage is increasingly common in part due to changing attitudes concerning race, and in part to the growing share of Asian-American and Hispanic people in the United States.
Rates have steadily increased since 1967, when the Supreme Court’s Although 11 percent of white newlyweds are now married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, white people are still the least likely of all major racial or ethnic groups to intermarry.
While many are outraged at the detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, not all are shocked.
Though she was not charged with any crime, police handcuffed the actress last week. But her boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian Lucas, who was there, believes something else was amiss, namely that officers mistook the mixed-race couple for a prostitute and one of her clients.