And he adds that whites are also more likely to be racially isolated than people of color—a notion sociologists lump under the term "propinquity," which describes the tendency for people to work better or bond with those geographically near them.It's weird, usually the older guys are more against interracial dating than anything.Many areas of the country forbade interracial relationships, and punishment included imprisonment and even death (Todd & Mckinney, 1992).As recent as in 1967, sixteen states still banned interracial marriages until the Supreme Court declared those laws unconstitutional in the landmark case of Loving v. Slavery, prejudice, and stereotypes perpetuated discrimination against interracial relationships.My family’s prejudices around marriage were just reserved for the more familiar American race war of calling black-white relationships “wrong” or “unfair to the children.” My husband and I married anyway, with the hard-won support of all our parents when the day finally came.
What they said begged for a response from their parents, so Anderson and Soledad O' Brien sat down with their parents.
My husband was born in South Korea, and his parents are educated, well-traveled, Asian professionals who have been American citizens for over 30 years.
Yet, straying outside of his race for love was always forbidden for him.
However, far too many Americans who dare to love someone of a different racial or cultural background find they will still have to face something unpleasant – ranging from disappointment to being disowned – from those people they loved first, their mothers and fathers.
This includes even a father from a cosmopolitan American city, with a postgraduate degree, who loves and respects someone of a different race at work and might even invite someone of a varying skin tone or eye shape to Thanksgiving dinner but privately will tell his 10-, 20- or even 40-year-old son, “but you can’t marry one of them.” Which is just what my husband’s father told him when he explained his intentions with me.