New Study Shows Growing Rate and Acceptance of Interracial Marriage

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mildred and Richard Loving were charged with violating Virginia's Racial Integrity Act. (Tribeca Film Festival)

In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in their own home, in the middle of the night, for the crime of miscegenation. When the Supreme Court declared miscegenation laws illegal in 1967, 16 states still had such laws on the books. A new poll released this week by the Pew Research Center shows just how far we’ve come in the five decades since the Lovings’ arrest. 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 crossed racial or ethnic lines, double the rate from 1980. And a great majority of Americans say they would readily accept an interracial marriage in their family.

Renee Romano is professor of history at Oberlin College and author of "Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America."


Renee Romano

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

Carla Garrett from Houston, TX

After hearing about Midsouth Interracial for years while living in Nashville, I was thrilled to find this group in Memphis! I found a wonderful group of loving families who had lots of fun together and found empowerment in outings with other families like our own.
The group did change from a stereotypical support group in the early 90's to a group of people who enjoyed the company of each other and in having social outings together. Once per month we had a "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner Party". That was wonderful for couples to either go to each other's home for dinner, or go dutch at a local restaurant and maybe take in a movie. We had potlucks monthly and events at the park that were well attended. It was great for our family and I think it was important for the future of our children. They knew that there were many families just like their own. In 1993 my husband was transferred to Meharry Medical College in Nashville and I was devastated to leave my Midsouth Friends. I did remain friends with several families for years.
My dearest friend Mia Thoresen is someone I have lost contact with. I have even thought of a private detective. She was in Georgia when I last spoke with her. Her husband Patrick was from Paris. I now live in Texas. If anyone reads this and knows Mia, Please contact me at, or give Mia this message.
This organization has lasting memories of good times with the most beautiful and diverse people ever!

Aug. 02 2012 02:01 AM
sicelidas from New York

misCEgenation, you mispronounce as misOgenation, because you confuse with the old Greek misOgyny, which means 'hates women', while 'misCEgenation' means 'mixing kinds' John Van Sickle, Professor of Classics, Brooklyn College

Feb. 17 2012 09:21 AM
Richard from Memphis

My wife and I were a bit apprehensive, in 1992, about the problems we might encounter if we got married. We joined a support group - Mid-south Interracial Interaction - to have a back-up plan. The group became a social gathering which eventually dissolved due to a focus and we married in October of '92. Two children and nearly 20 years later and all is well. We have NEVER had any problems. WE travel frequently and have never encountered any challenge to our relationship, even through Mississippi, Alabama and our home state of Tennessee. Although my children have grown up in a very racially charged Memphis, they have not encountered any problems based on race. While our politicians can not say good morning without racial undertones, our children - the children of Memphis - are much more racially colorblind.

Feb. 17 2012 07:31 AM

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