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Statistical data indicates that we are becoming a more integrated society everyday Presently in the US we have 13 million interracial marriages and the number continues to rise Newsweek p38 For our multicultural group presentation my group Imagine choose to study interracial relationships in America We wanted to determine how many adult Americans had been in an interracial relationship We also wanted to know if this past dating history was influential in determining if someone would marry someone outside his or her race By surveying a random sample of seventy people in the San Fernando Valley and dividing them by age and gender we hoped to uncover any patterns of behavior My group chose this topic because interracial relationships have been a common issue throughout American history We only need to look at televisions shows like I Love Lucy Ally McBeal or movies like Westside Story Jungle Fever and Fools Rush In to see examples of interracial relationships portrayed by the media However it was not always considered so acceptable to participate in or discuss interracial relationships In 1967 less than 35 years ago sixteen states still had laws prohibiting sexual relations or marriage between black and white people In the past this number had been as high as forty-one Before the end of the war and the emancipation of the slaves the few known cases of sexual relations between black men and white women had been considered fornication or adultery Under slavery any child resulting from mixed unions took its mothers civil status if she was free and hence usually white the child was free if she was a slave always black the child itself would be born into slavery Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute p332One of our aims in our group presentation was to find out if peoples actions and attitudes toward interracial relationships have changed over time Our method of research was conducting a survey of seventy people who lived
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