Though interracial unions are at an all-time high, prejudice and confusion still surround interracial dating. Melanie Killen (CNN) found that there exists a major divide between the generations on this topic, with teens more open to the prospect and parents still hesitant and concerned.
in 2012 were interracial, according to a Pew Research Center Study (NBC News).
But only 59 percent of black students who had interdated said their parents were comfortable with their dating. "People's view of how things are going in terms of race relations in this country is really distinctively colored by their race," he says.
Ludwig says such parental wariness is not unusual, given blacks' dimmer view of the state of U. "The experience of living as a black person and as a white person in this country is quite different, despite substantial progress since the 1960s." Ludwig and Yancey both agree that interdating is unlikely to increase significantly over the coming decade.
And he adds that whites are also more likely to be racially isolated than people of color—a notion sociologists lump under the term "propinquity," which describes the tendency for people to work better or bond with those geographically near them.