Aren't interracial relationships good enough for marriage?
Interracial couples have increased. That’s for sure! But much as they have, our very own Sidney found that there are more than two times as many interracial couples just living together than those that are married. And as per the 2012 U.S. census data, 9 percent of unmarried couples living together are interracial compared with about 4 percent of interracially married couples.
As some researchers say, most of these relationships don’t translate to marriage because of the constant disapproval that some interracial couples face from their families. And living together seems to be the only option they have coz hey: "You don't need to get a blessing from either side of the family," says Ohio State University sociology professor Zhenchao Qian. A huge number of parents in their 50s and 60s seem not to be ok with interracial mixing for the fear of losing their culture. And it also seems like the more traditional a person is, the lesser the likelihood of rushing into marriage.
Big Q is: Could there be other underlying reasons for such a large number of interracial couples opting to just "live in" as opposed to taking the marriage plunge? And to put it in the words of Emily Alpert of the Los Angeles Times: Are they "less impatient to do so"? Are interracial relationships not good enough for marriage? What do you think?
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