Academics often portray race as a “social construction”, implying that it is nothing more than an idea bred through human thought and interaction.
In the process, they deny race to be a material fact of life on earth but the truth is that it does exist and contains a biological element – because we have awarded it one.
Published online in July in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and co-authored by UW postdoctoral researcher Caitlin Hudac, the study found that bias against interracial couples is associated with disgust that in turn leads interracial couples to be dehumanized.
Participants responded faster to images of same-race couples and selected them more often for inclusion in the study.
More significantly, Skinner said, participants showed higher levels of activation in the insula—an area of the brain routinely implicated in the perception and experience of disgust—while viewing images of interracial couples.
Thus, the success of your marriage will depend on the race of your partner.
It should be remembered that the stats presented in the survey are not absolute and may be subjective in nature, not taking into consideration the fact that whites significantly outnumber other racial groups.
A recent study of profiles submitted to the online dating website showed, for example, that whites are more open to dating Hispanics and Asians than blacks are.
And younger clients are more willing to date outside their race than older clients. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that one in seven new marriages in 2008 was either interracial or between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic—unions encompassed by the term "intermarriages." This is double the percentage of intermarriages in 1980, but still relatively low.Race has come to impact various aspects of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, and one of the institutions that has been significantly affected by race is marriage.According to the 2010 Census in the United States, interracial divorce rates are comparatively higher than divorce rates between white couples.(August 2010) When Ann Dunham, a white woman, married a black African student, Barack Obama Sr., in 1961, marriage between white and black Americans was rare. In 2010, with Barack Obama Jr., in the White House, attitudes toward interracial dating and marriage are very different.Less than 3 percent of all marriages were interracial in 1960, and the public generally disapproved of such unions. Not surprisingly, this transformation is most evident among young people.While racial discrimination is still evident, the boundaries separating the major ethnic and racial groups have become more porous.