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More interracial couples take the plunge to I do
Crossing ethnic lines signals attitude shift
Published Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:22 am
by Jaraya Johnson

The amount of diverse relationships in big cities is on a steady climb.

The 2010 U.S. Census showed that 10 percent of couples were in interracial and interethnic relationships, an increase from the 7 percent reported in the 2000 national headcount. According to census.gov, in 2010, around 5 million married couples were interracial or interethnic whereas in 2000, that number was about 4 million. According to Pew Research,  about 18 percent of newlyweds in the Charlotte area between 2011 and 2015 were interracial couple .

Morgan Gott and Naijah Walker of Charleston, S.C., are dating. More Americans are marrying outside their ethnic group than ever, according to the U.S. Census.

As the interracial relationship percentage continues to rise, there are some people who will never accept it.

“I’ve dated both Hispanic and caucasian guys,” said Amber Hartfield, a single black woman from Mauldin, S.C. “The Hispanic family was way more accepting than the white family. The white dad didn’t even want to meet me and he said racial slurs about me. I felt more comfortable with the Hispanic family because they understood prejudice and racism. We were both minorities and could relate to each other.”

According to Hartfield, being in an interracial relationship can either introduce the couple to new cultures or enhance the cultures they are already used to.

“[The Hispanic family] were very close. It didn’t matter if they knew you or not, you were welcomed and they would talk to you. There was no such thing as being shy or being a wallflower,” She said. “It’s like in the black community when everyone goes to that one person’s house, whether it be the grandma or the aunt. It’s like their doors are always open.”  

According to Pew Research, about 13 percent of southerners believe interracial relationships are bad for American society. Morgan Gott and her boyfriend Naijah Walker of Charleston, S.C., believe interracial relationships are normal in 2018.

“Now, the norm is interracial relationships in my opinion, but you still have the older generation who was brought up in a different era and society,” Gott said.

Walker said his grandparents were in an interracial relationship and did not allow their children to see color.

“My parents were born in the ‘60s,” he said. “My dad's mom was black and his father was white, so even with my parents being raised in the ‘60s, their parents didn't allow them to see color.”

According to Pew Research, interracial relationships and marriages are more common in metropolitan areas like Fayetteville than in non-metropolitan areas. Gott believes that though interracial relationships are more common and accepted, there are still people who will not agree.

“I’ve told Naijah that I’ve seen people give us dirty looks, but it’s pretty rare,” Gott said. “They are mostly from the kind of people that don’t understand that it’s 2018 and they need to get over it.”


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