“Beyond Black & White: A Discussion on Interracial Relationships” (April 2012)
According to the Pew report, about 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%). Minorities, younger adults, the college-educated, those who describe themselves as liberal and those who live in the Northeast or the West are more disposed than others to see intermarriage in a positive light.
Due to the overwhelming response for a part 2 on interracial relationships, Districtly Speaking hosted a follow-up discussion on the topic in April at the Tenley-Friendship Library in Washington, DC. We invited back some of our February panelists, along with some new panelists to share their personal stories and discuss media and pop culture depictions of interracial relationships. There were lots of discussion on the recent Pew study on the rise of interracial marriages, the changing cultural scene, and the popularity of famous couples, like Barack and Michelle Obama. Panelists shared how they met their significant others, and the response from families and friends while dating. It was a great conversation filled with real talk and lots of laughs. A great follow-up to a very timely topic.