Interracial dating and research
But Americans ages 50 and older are considerably less likely to have cross-racial friendships, and this difference is largely the result of fewer older whites having black friends.
Just 36% of whites ages 50 to 64 and 32% of whites ages 65 and older report having at least some black friends.
Not surprisingly, given the high levels of acceptance of interracial marriage among Millennials, nearly all 18-to-29-year-olds (93%) agree with the statement “I think it is all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” Pew Research has tracked responses to this question for more than two decades in its study of American political values, most recently in April 2009.
These surveys have found Millennials very accepting of interracial dating since the opinions of this generation first were tracked in 2003 (in 2003, 92% of Millennials agreed that it was all right for blacks and whites to date).
In 1967, the United States Supreme court made it completely legal for an interracial couple to get married.This law not only proved to America's people that it's okay to be of two different races and get married, but also helped to try to end the segregation of blacks and white in the early 1900's.As stated in the previous paragraph, there were 390,000 black husband and white wife relationships.Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.This shift in opinion has been driven both by attitude change among individuals generally and by the fact that over the period, successive generations have reached adulthood with more racially liberal views than earlier generations.
Both overall and within each generation, acceptance of interracial marriage is positively associated with being female and with higher levels of education.