In Monday's event, as in its predecessor, Farrakhan was on his best behavior. Attitudes about dating and marriage between races are improving, researchers are finding, but interracial couples aren't always finding a romantic Hollywood ending."On average, interracial marriages are more likely to fail than intramarriage," said Tom Smith, director of the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey at the University of Chicago.Public approval of interracial marriage rose from around 5% in the 1950s to around 80% in the 2000s.
Several studies have found that a factor which significantly affects an individual's choices with regards to marriage is socio-economic status ("SES")—the measure of a person's income, education, social class, profession, etc.
The differing ages of individuals, culminating in the generation divides, have traditionally played a large role in how mixed ethnic couples are perceived in American society.
Interracial marriages have typically been highlighted through two points of view in the United States: Egalitarianism and cultural conservatism.
Interracial marriage in the United States has been legal in all U. states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v.
Virginia that deemed "anti-miscegenation" laws unconstitutional. The proportion of interracial marriages as a proportion of all marriages has been increasing since, such that 15.1% of all new marriages in the United States were interracial marriages by 2010 compared to a low single-digit percentage in the mid 20th century.