According to Hope Yen, Associated Press Writer, interracial marriage is slowing. He proposes in his title “Is U.S. a melting pot? Interracial marriage slows.” This title was later changed to what I believe is a more accurate one: “Interracial marriage still rising, but not as fast.” The question is more accurately “What are the numbers of interracial marriages?” Percentages do not necessarily give us the facts.
The assertion of the article is that interracial marriages aren’t rising as fast however that is based on percentages.
Yen says in the article that “8 percent of U.S. marriages are “mixed-race, up from 7 percent in 2000.” What is mixed-race as opposed to interracial?
The article compares 4.5 million or a 20 percent increase of interracial marriages in 2000 compared to a 65 percent increase in 1990 yet not hard numbers are given. No doubt 10 years earlier there were fewer people of different races. I would take the exact opposite position of Yen that it was probably less acceptable to marry outside of your own race nearly 20 years ago.
Yen goes on to say there is a white backlash against immigrant groups. Interestingly, in San Francisco, Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius notes that there is a black backlash and black-on-Asian violence.
Another fact that flies in the face of this entire article’s position is that blacks of both genders have increased in marrying whites. Yen goes on to say that Hispanics have increased their interracial numbers from 30 to 38 percent.
I think the article makes it own information of no value when it says that multiracial people can make choices of “who they are.” In other words if they are of mixed white and black they can say they are white or black so the data becomes immediately worthless.
I do not like this article and considering the fact the only resource is the U.S. Census Bureau, I really don’t see the validity in it.
The Census Bureau has no measuring stick for “white backlash” or “white wariness.” And Yen hasn’t shown one.
What is the exact situation with respect to interracial marriage? I truly don’t know other than what I see. I see far more people with different mates today from other cultures.
Yen has to do a much better job of presenting a case for a slowing of interracial marriages as far as I’m concerned.