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245-263 in Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African- American Families. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
This chapter discusses the trends in interracial marriage. It talks about the social significance of the interracial marriage and the stability of an interracial marriage. The number of interracial marriages is small, but they are increasing. From 1940 to 1990, it has increased from 1 to over 6 percent. There are more black male- white, female marriages than black-female, white-male marriages. .
The number of black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 211,000 in 1990. This represented 5.4% of the married couples that involved black partners. The number of black-male, white-females marriages increased from 41,000 in 1970 to 150,000 in 1990, which represented 3.8% of black marriages. While theses numbers were on a consistent incline, the number of black-female, white-male marriages did increase from 1970 to 1990, but the pattern was not as consistent. The numbers grew from 24,000 to 61,000 in the 20 years, but there was a decrease in the trend between 1984 and 1986 (64,000-45,000), and increase between 1986 and 1988 (45,000-69,000) and then another decrease from 1988 to 1990 (69,000-61,000).
The numbers of black-white marriages varies from region to region. The numbers tend to be the highest in the west, and the lowest in the south. .
There are many different reasons for the social significance of interracial marriage. The low incidence of interracial marriage in the past was due to racial segregation, but today the increasing interaction between blacks and whites in social situations accounts for in increase in interracial marriage. There was a time when 40 out of the 50 states had laws that banned marriage between blacks and whites. In the 1930's, there were still 31 states with such laws. In 1967, the Supreme Court finally made the decision to get rid of these laws, which at the time had a direct affect on 17 states.