More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.Yet the rates of intermarriage among different racial/ethnic groups show very different trends.
If White people were marrying without regard for race, we’d expect 17% of them to intermarry.
In actuality, though, only 2.7% of White people intermarried.
Jeter, a Black and Native American woman, and Loving, a White man, fell in love and decided to get married.
They lived in Virginia, one of the states that still banned “miscegenation” – the derogatory term used to describe interracial coupling – so they needed to travel to the District of Columbia to be officially recognized as a couple.
There are also fewer White people – the group that has always been least likely to intermarry.