Along with many of their white counterparts, many other racial and ethnic groups have historically discouraged interracial marriage.
American society has made major strides in eliminating racial bias over the last 3 decades.Even as we make progress, certain prejudices and long-standing misperceptions persist.But we're getting there, Lee said: "Increased intermarriage and interracial dating indicate that the racial boundaries that have long separated groups are slowly beginning to fade." America is changing, and cross-racial connections are just one powerful force helping us on the way. Interracial relationships aren't a panacea to end racism, of course; nor can any type of relationship be over-generalized as better than another. Compare that with 1980, when less than 7% of new marriages took place between interracial couples and the share of overall marriages was just 3%. In 1987, about the impact of interracial marriage on society, 43% of Americans said more intermarriage has been a change for the better.