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Interracial Relations Marriages The United States has witnessed a considerable amount of social and cultural desegregation between African-Americans and Caucasians However despite years of desegregation social and cultural differences still exist One of these differences that still exists is in the institution of marriage Americans have been and are continually moving slowly away from segregation In the past forty years a multitude of changes have transformed schools jobs voting booths neighborhoods hotels restaurants and even the wedding altar facilitating tolerance for racial diversity Norman 108 In the 1960s when housing discrimination was outlawed many African-Americans moved into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods The steadily growing areas in the west and southwest are least segregated because these areas never had the entrenched African-American and Caucasian sections of town Up For Separatist 30 Even more visible signs of desegregation can be seen in the areas of education A study done by the University of Michigan shows that integration on campuses occurs on a regular basis The racial lines are crossed routinely about 50 of African-Americans and 15 of Caucasians reportedly study together Eating patterns also share the same similarities At a social level there has been a steady convergence of opinion on a variety of racial issues Since 1972 surveys have asked whether the respondent would favor a law making inter-racial marriages illegal In 1980 the results showed that 301 of Caucasians and 183 of African-Americans favor such a law By 1994 the collected data showed 147 and 32 respectively Similar trends have also been observed in busing and even integrated social clubs Up For Separatist 30 A simple analysis shows that on the surface desegregation is moving in the right direction Notwithstanding these examples of desegregation a deeper analysis shows that there are still signs of racial discriminations most apparently seen in the institution of marriage between African-Americans and Caucasians The United States bureau of the Census reported that in 1987 over 827000 interracial
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