Status of Interracial Marriage in the United States: A Qualitative Analysis of Interracial Spouse Perceptions
International Journal of Social Science Studies
assimilation, culture, differential assimilation, interracial marriage, racial discrimination, racial prejudice, social acceptance
This article investigates the major issues facing interracial marriage from the perspective of individuals currently in these unions. Differential assimilation is used as a conceptual model to focus this exploration. The research methodology employs a qualitative approach based on open-ended questions embedded in a larger survey questionnaire administered to a national non-random sample of interracially married individuals in 2007. The findings were examined for three issue areas; social acceptance of interracial marriages, negative perceptions within society of interracial unions, and perceived differential treatment of interracial marriages. Responses from individuals in black/white marriages tended to show that these unions have more difficulty in society in comparison to those without a black spouse.