After having seen the movie Guess who’s coming to dinner I thought a lot about this subject that is still in my eyes a problem in our society today. Even if that film was made in the late 1960’s, it brought up the issue of interracial marriage and this is still an issue today. I went searching for some numbers to confirm my thought, my personal experience and my intuition. I found these numbers concerning “black and white marriages” in the United States (2006):
- White husband and white wife: 50,224,000
- Black husband and black wife: 3,965,000
- Black husband and white wife: 286,000
- White husband and black wife: 117,000
These numbers speak on their own and show how much interracial marriages are still taboo in our society and still quite rare. What is the reason for this? Have mindsets really changed since the 1960’s? Where does the problem lie for interracial couples? The heart of the problem is here: because interracial marriage was for so long forbidden in the United States, people’s mindsets have not had time to adjust to the idea.
In my opinion, this social problem will only resolve itself with time and patience, because I do think it is also a generational issue within society. In my experience, the younger generations do not think of interracial couples as an issue at all; whereas the older generation still looks at interracial couples as something forbidden and bad.
Please do not hesitate to share your personal view and experiences on this matter. How would your parents react if you announced one night at the dinner table you were going to get married to your white/black boyfriend/girlfriend?