Seeing interracial couples on TV and in movies is no longer unusual.
More and more, onscreen relationships reflect a diverse range of races, sexual identities, ages, and family situations. What may have once been considered taboo is becoming the new norm.
It’s still a work in progress. For whatever reason, most black-and-white couples portrayed on film involve a white man and a black woman.
Idris Elba, the British actor whose on screen love interests have run the racial gamut, said: “Change is incremental, OK? First, you can’t have a black guy kissing a white woman. But then you can have a light-skinned black kissing a white woman. And then it changes, you know?” It’s true; we’ve come a long way since Lucy and Ricky — but that was nearly 70 years ago!
Whether the increase in interracial relationships is due to online dating or not, it's definitely happening.
According to Pew Research Center, 17 percent of U.S. newlywed couples were interracial in 2015. That’s one in six newlyweds, which is a fivefold increase from 3 percent of newlyweds at the time of the Loving v. Virginia ruling in 1967. When looking more broadly, beyond newlyweds, 1 in 10 couples in the U.S. includes a spouse of a different race.
It's difficult to tell if Hollywood is leading or following the trend, and it probably doesn't matter.
According to the Pew Research data, other contributing factors that influence interracial marriage rates include location (metropolitan vs. non-metropolitan), education level, and race itself. The rates that white, Asian, Hispanic, black, and multiracial Americans intermarry varies.
If you’re interested in seeing the data, click here.
The new findings are attracting a ton of attention.
Online dating was once much-maligned despite its proven track record. The idea that this technology is changing our culture so much is fascinating. Interracial relationships lead to multiracial populations, and an uptick in both might just lead to greater human acceptance, understanding, and even social equality.
So, keeping swiping and poking and doing whatever else online dating apps have you doing, America! Social progress may happen slowly, but it is happening.