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According to Steven A Holmes 1996 the number of interracial marriages is increasing in todays society more and more everyday In 1970 a study showed that of blacks who married 26 were to white partners More recently in 1993 the percentage rose to 121 Although the numbers are rising interracial couples still have social pressures Society imposes many prejudices against interracial couples and their families First of all there are stereotypes of dating for status Secondly theres the question of identity for mixed children Thirdly there is a general prejudice from both races and confusion on how to treat these couples Society has not accepted interracial couples as part of the norm Desiree French1990 says that even though the United States is known for its diversity society still has not come to terms with interracial couples French also says that societys non-acceptance of them is a reason why the numbers of interracial couples are so low Families peers and society still expects people to marry someone of the same race Paul Glick of Arizona State University says that interracial couples are not the problem It is the people they have to deal with French 1990 Glick also states When a white man marries a black woman she usually has a higher level of education than is the norm But he states also When a black man marries a white woman she usually has a lower level of education than the average French 1990 A popular myth according to Candy Mills is that interracial couples marry so that minorities might escape from their oppressed situations Society looks at white women who marry black men as being of lower status but a black woman who marries a white man is of higher status Children of interracial couples tend to be judged as children with no defined heritage or background People often question which race the children should consider themselves to be Francis Wardle 1989 writes that
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