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Interracial Marriage More Common Than Ever, But Black Women Still Lag

Publication Date: 
June 04, 2010
Source: 
ABC News
Author: 
Diane Sawyer

Professor R. Richard Banks is quoted on ABC News with Diane Sawyer on the prevalence of interracial marriage in the United States:

In 1967, the boundaries were still very black and white. The film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," about an interracial couple and their parents' angst, was considered groundbreaking.

Fast forward four decades and you don't have to look to the big screen to see interracial couples. You can see the beginnings of a melting pot everywhere -- just look at celebrity couples like Seal and Heidi Klum, or Tony Parker and Eva Longoria.

And new study by the Pew Research Center found that one in six new marriages in the U.S. are interracial relationships. That makes the United States one of the most colorblind countries when it comes to saying "I do," second only to Brazil.

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"I think the racial barriers have almost, have blurred to the extent of almost being socially insignificant," said Professor Rick Banks of Stanford Law School.