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Interracial Relationships

Interracial marriages used to be illegal in the U.S. Now, interracial relationships are no longer taboo in most circles but still face problems. Learn the history of interracial relationships and how society views them today.

Interracial Love
Interracial love runs the gamut—from being in an interracial marriage to raising biracial children or to simply reaching out to those from different racial backgrounds in a given community. Loving across racial lines continues to prove challenging, as racism—and thus opposition to interracial relationships—still exists. Learn how to celebrate interracial love and multiculturalism and strate…

Interracial Relationships: A Rundown of Issues
Fraught with potential tensions, the history of interracial relationship issues in the U.S. is long. Learn how to confront the problems that arise from loving across color lines.

Three Questions Not to Ask Mixed-Race People and Families
Multiracial families may be growing rapidly in the U.S., but they still face racism and other challenges. Strangers ask rude questions about family members or simply stare in disbelief that people with different skin colors and other physical characteristics could be related. Rather than alienate multiracial families, practice racial sensitivity...

Celebrating Loving Day
Interracial marriage is a right often taken for granted today. For many years, however, states across the country banned such marriages. Thanks to the efforts of Richard and Mildred Loving, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in 1967. In their honor, Loving Day celebrations take place annually worldwide. Find out more about the...

Interracial Couples of Color
Today, intermarriage between members of ethnic minority groups thrives in places such as California, Florida and New York. Find out the unique challenges that interracial couples of color face and why such unions aren’t yet widely represented in popular culture.

What About Obama’s Letters to Girlfriend Say About Race
The letters Barack Obama exchanged in his early 20s with girlfriend Alex McNear and the journal entries girlfriend Genevieve Cook wrote about Obama during the same time period reveal how the president as a young man grappled with his racial identity and its meaning. Author David Marannis highlights the correspondence and dairy entries in the...

Sex Scandals Involving Women of Color
Two sex scandals that made international headlines in 2011 involved women of color in subordinate roles to high profile white men—Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Is this evidence that power dynamics concerning race and gender have shifted little over the years? This overview traces notable scandals featuring minority women and...

Five Reasons Not to Date Interracially
Interracial dating now has more support than ever among the American public, so much so that some people prefer dating interracially to dating within their own race. Unfortunately, some people pursue interracial relationships for the wrong reasons—to acquire status, cure an inferiority complex or because everyone else seems to be doing it. Find...

Holiday Celebrations for Multicultural Families
Compromise is all it takes for multicultural families to celebrate the holidays in a way that reflects the diversity each member brings to the table.

How to Handle Racial Issues With Family Members
You may know your family members better than anyone else on the planet, but that doesn’t make it any easier to discuss controversial topics, such as race relations, with them. This guide provides some practical ways of addressing the thorny issue of race with relatives—whether you’re a parent who needs to give your child the race talk or someone...

Definition of Miscegenation
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Loving v. Virginia: Race, Marriage and Privacy
Those involved in interracial relationships today can thank the Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia which legalized interracial marriage. As gays fight for marriage rights, there has been renewed interest in the case.

Celebrity Interracial Couples: From The Early 1900s to The Present
Learn more about famous interracial couples, gay and straight. Learn about longtime mixed couples and those who married when Jim Crow reigned.

Famous Examples of Early Interracial Marriage
A variety of celebrities dated and married interracially long before the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on interracial marriage in 1967. They include singers, socialites, actors, athletes and writers.

Gay Celebrities in Interracial Marriages and Relationships
Gay couples are more likely to be involved in interracial relationships than their heterosexual counterparts, including celebrities such as Mario Cantone and Robin Roberts.

Five Common Myths About Interracial Couples
Interracial marriage may be increasingly common in the United States, but a number of myths about interracial relationships remain. This list examines the assumptions society makes about interracial couples.

Sally Hemings: Mistress of Thomas Jefferson?
Sally Hemings’ relationship with Thomas Jefferson stands out as one of the most controversial interracial relationships in American history. That’s because Hemings was a slave. The coupling of the two is a reminder that some of the earliest interracial relationships in the country didn’t involve partners who were on equal footing. Instead, such relationships could be downright exploitative.

Is Interracial Dating Biblical?
Opponents of interracial relationships often cite the Bible for their rationale. Just what does the Bible say about interracial romance? You might be surprised. Explore the scriptural take on this subject.

Interracial Marriage Coping Strategies
The U.S. may have elected a biracial president, but interracial couples in the country still face unique challenges. Learn the do’s and don’ts for coping with the problems those in interracial unions face.

McLaughlin v. Florida: Can States Ban Interracial Relationships?
Shortly before Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage, Supreme Court case McLaughlin v. State of Florida lifted the ban on interracial relationships.

Five Ways to Handle Disapproval of Your Interracial Relationship
What’s the best way to handle disapproval of your interracial relationship? Communication and boundary-setting are key. Above all else, take the steps necessary to protect your relationship in the face of ongoing negativity.

Race Relations in the Contemporary Church
Racism was not just an issue for the churches of yesteryear. It continues to be a problem in the 21st century. This overview gives examples of contemporary churches practicing racial discrimination.

Interracial Couples: Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos to Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
A number of the most famous celebrities in Hollywood are involved in interracial marriages. This list takes a look at 10 stars involved in mixed-race relationships.

An Overview of Interracial Friendships in Children and Adults
This overview of interracial friendships examines how frequently such relationships occur, the barriers they face and how race affects children’s friendships.

How Race Influences Friendship
While interracial friendships are frequently portrayed on television and in films, in real life these friendships are relatively rare. Learn more about why interracial friendships remain anomalies with this overview of statistics and information about these pairings.

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