NYC Mayor-Elect’s Family Reflects Rise of Intermarriage

Posted in Articles, Census/Demographics, Media Archive, Social Science, United States on 2013-12-22 03:48Z by Steven

NYC Mayor-Elect’s Family Reflects Rise of Intermarriage

Voice of America

Carolyn Weaver

In 1959, only four percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage. Today, 87 percent do, according to a Gallup poll. President Barack Obama was born to such a marriage, and census figures show that the fastest growing demographic under 18 is children of mixed race.

When New York City’s new mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, a white man married to an African American woman, takes office January 1 with his wife and their two children at his side, his family will mirror this new American landscape.

It hardly could be more different from 1958, when people who married across racial lines were subject to arrest in 22 U.S. states. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving wed that year in Washington, D.C. Mildred was African American and Richard was white. Six weeks after, when they returned to their home state of Virginia, police broke down the door of their house in the middle of the night…

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