Sociology and interracial dating

“Racial bias in assortative mating is a robust and ubiquitous social phenomenon, and one that is difficult to surmount even with small steps in the right direction.

We still have a long way to go.” Earlier work on racial bias in assortative mating (or the non-random pairings of people with similar traits) had trouble disentangling how much was due to prejudice and how much to geography or meeting opportunities.

Lewis was able to control for these factors in his analysis, and this is one reason he is a champion of additional projects of the sort his paper describes.

Black women and Asian men have some things in common in this arena so today I want to dig deeper into interracial relationships and the interesting ground that black women and Asian men share.Just this week Dr Laura took a call from a black female caller married to a white man who wanted to know how to handle ignorant and racist remarks from his family and neighbors.Schlessinger said "If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor don’t marry out of your race".We can, he believes, begin to change our ingrained patterns of choosing partners –because they are often based on false premises.The sociologist’s cautiously optimistic conclusion is that “racial boundaries are more fragile than we think.” When, against the odds, A writes B of another race and B replies, B becomes more open him- or herself in the near term.

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