White women against interracial relationships

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Americans are already what racial purists have long feared: a people characterized by a great deal of racial admixture, or what many in the past referred to distastefully as "mongrelization. Some were joyful, passionate, loving affairs. Many were rapes. Others contained elements of both choice and coercion. These different kinds of interracial intimacy and sexual depredation all reached their peak in the United States during the age of slavery, and following the Civil War they decreased markedly. Since the end of the civil-rights revolution interracial dating, interracial sex, and interracial marriage have steadily increased, as has the number of children born of interracial unions.

Social Studies: White women and interracial marriage, changing views on the death penalty

Gendered racial boundary maintenance: Social penalties for White women in interracial relationships

In survey experiments, participants evaluated couples based only on pictures of them holding hands, with skin colors but not faces visible. A white woman with a black man was evaluated more negatively than the reverse; in fact, the white woman was the only individual in these pairings whose perceived social status was affected at all by the skin color of her partners. Likewise, in a nationally representative survey, white parents were more opposed to the notion of interracial marriage in their families when a higher proportion of their children were female, even controlling for political ideology. Stillwell, A. Comparing responses to a survey about the Boston Marathon bombing obtained before and after the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was announced in May , researchers found that support for a Tsarnaev death sentence increased after the announcement, even controlling for age, gender, education, religion, race, politics, and Boston residency. In other words, the legal judgment was somewhat self-validating in the court of public opinion.

1. Trends and patterns in intermarriage

Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed. By comparison, in , the first year for which detailed data are available, about , newlyweds had done so. The long-term annual growth in newlyweds marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity has led to dramatic increases in the overall number of people who are presently intermarried — including both those who recently married and those who did so years, or even decades, earlier. Overall increases in intermarriage have been fueled in part by rising intermarriage rates among black newlyweds and among white newlyweds.
Throughout American history, formal laws and social norms have discouraged interracial romantic relationships. Interracial relationships blur the boundaries between racial groups, challenging the essentialized racial categories that define Whiteness as an exclusive, high status identity. Whites, who are the most resistant to interracial marriage of any racial group, have used their dominant position in American society to enforce norms against interracial relationships. Despite the importance of racial homogamy to White identity and status, we argue that gender roles make violating norms against intimate intergroup contact more costly for women than men, leading to Whites' greater resistance to interracial relationships involving White women.