I was skimming a magazine earlier this week and came across a picture of Heidi Klum and Seal. They are the symbol of interracial relationships in America today, and this image led me to think about these types of relationships in our society. I researched this topic and immediately came across an article from the February 8, 2006 edition of USA Today titled “New Generation doesn’t blink at Interracial Relationships.”
This title threw me off guard; I think that there are certainly more interracial relationships today than in the past 20 or 30 years, but I still think there is a lot of progress that needs to be made. An indication of this is towards the middle of the article when one researcher says that interracial “friendships don't necessarily lead to a reduction in negative attitudes toward a racial group, because people view their own friends as an exception to whatever stereotype may exist.” This is somewhat disconcerting because I want to believe that having friends of different races is progressive, but that may not always be the case. Even though the writer claims that we don’t “blink” in regards to interracial relationships, evidence of stereotyping proves otherwise.
On another note, the author interviews researchers who believe that people who try to follow King’s advice and ignore race are doing an injustice to society because it may create “a generation so unconcerned about race that it ignores disparities that still exist.” I don’t necessarily agree with this point because I think ignoring race is one of the first steps to breaking down those negative stereotypes that obviously still exist.
I think more high school and college-aged students are becoming involved in interracial friendships, which will hopefully lead to breaking down social barriers that still exist in some areas. Klum and Seal set a great example to the American population about the possibility of a more color-neutral society.