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1 Interracial marriages and families Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Course Name and Number Instructor’s Name
2 Introduction Marriage is a socially and legally sanctioned union that usually between a woman and a man. This union is regulated by customs, laws, beliefs, rules and attitudes which prescribe the duties and the rights of the partners and the children where applicable. Marriages are geared towards the development of a family for many people. Interracial marriage is a form of marriage where the spouses belong to different races. The races that are involved in such marriages are whites, Hispanics, Asians and the Blacks. Previously interracial marriages were highly discouraged, and they were fewer, however, in the contemporary world, they are becoming common and acceptable. Lee & Edmonston (2005) opines that interracial marriages are on the rise and according to U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey it is recorded that 15.1% of modern marriages in the US were between spouses from different races. The US is a home for many people from different parts of the world, and this diversity has contributed to interracial marriages. As people socialize within diversified communities, there is a high likelihood of falling in love which later leads to marriages. From marriages, people develop families, and the ties grow stronger when they have children. However, it should be noted that interracial marriages pose a lot of uncertainty and complexity. The spouses control the survival of interracial marriages, but many external factors facilitate or hinder these marriages. This essay will focus on the analysis and the understanding of interracial marriages and families. Patterns and Trends in interracial Marriages Racial intermarriages can be traced back during the time of interactions between different races in the colonial period. In many cases, when there is human interaction, either positive or negative, it results in marriages for many people. However, interracial marriages were not common, and they were highly discouraged. Harris, Lamberson, & Merlin (2019) stipulates that
3 in 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all the newly wedded couples’ marriages from people of different races. Since this time, intermarriage rates have increased steadily. Later in the ’80s, interracial marriages have increased from 3% to 7%. Gradually the percentage has been increasing to 15% in 2010 and 17% in 2015. By 2015 there were more than 670,000 interracial newlyweds had joined to the number adding up to 11 million which is a 10% of all marriages. Interracial marriages are increasing day by day. However, for intermarriages between Asians and Hispanics is decreasing by a small percentage. Marriages between the whites and the blacks marked the largest group with more couples. This has contributed to having more interracial families.

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