But the representations we do have can help move the ball forward.Just as negative racial portrayals to negative stereotypes, more positive visibility for cross-race couples in media makes a difference.We learn through seeing and observing models, as psychologists have shown; the fancy scientific term is "social cognitive theory." , "This is just a stupid commercial about Cheerios but it means a lot to me.It shows interracial families and their children being normal and cute, not something to gawk at or to question." That imagery can be powerful.While 85% of Millennials say they would be fine with a marriage to someone from any of the groups asked about, that number drops to about three-quarters (73%) among 30-to-49-year-olds, 55% among 50-to-64-year-olds, and just 38% of those ages 65 and older.And unlike among Millennials, among those ages 50 and older there are substantial differences between blacks and whites in acceptance of interracial marriage, with older blacks considerably more accepting of interracial marriage than are whites of the same age.
But interracial relationships can actively help make America a more diverse, accepting place. Too often, on-screen interracial relationships are limited to the pairing of a white person, usually a male, with a woman of color, ignoring the fact that other constructions do exist.
He found that 35.7 percent of white Americans had interdated, along with 56.5 percent of African Americans, 55.4 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 57.1 percent of Asian Americans.
Men and those who attended racially or ethnically integrated schools were significantly more likely to interdate.
Since interracial dating (or "interdating") and interracial marriage were outlawed or ostracized for so long in U. history, many sociologists see the incidence of these relationships as a key indicator of the state of U. "Many people who are honestly accepting of equal treatment across a wide range of social interaction would finally draw the line when it came to [a romantic relationship] between the race groups," says Smith. "We are seeing declining levels of objection to interracial marriage," says Smith.
Neither the Roper Report nor the General Social Survey specifically queried respondents on their attitudes or practices concerning interracial dating.