And that can have a ripple effect that impacts not only current earnings, but future economic mobility.
At that time, less than 50% of Americans thought interracial dating was acceptable. Our examination of the data suggests that the increasing rate of intermarriage may be driven by demographic changes more than changing attitudes.Today, there are proportionately more Asians, Hispanics and people of other racial/ethnic backgrounds in the United States than ever.That’s bad news for those who aren’t able to participate in such forms of advancement at the same rate as other races, especially because educational and wealth gains can be passed down to the next generation, which then helps families solidify their economic standing—a feat that has already proven more difficult for black families.Jeter, a Black and Native American woman, and Loving, a White man, fell in love and decided to get married.About 48 percent of white women reported having husbands with lower levels of educational attainment, while nearly 60 percent of black women had married someone with less education under their belt.
That discrepancy could result in a household that earns about ,000 less each year, according to Brookings.
Once these demographic changes are accounted for, a large portion of the increase in intermarriage rates vanishes.
More accepting professed beliefs do not seem to be the main cause of the rise in the number interracial couples.
Yet the rates of intermarriage among different racial/ethnic groups show very different trends.
This next chart displays intermarriage rates across time for the America’s four major racial/ethnic groups for the same period.
But those figures are small and Marks concedes that income alone isn’t enough to bolster intergenerational mobility, which is especially tenuous within the black community.