In Cleveland, two white men were sentenced to prison earlier this year for harassment of an interracial couple that included spreading liquid mercury around their house.Tough times for some multiracial families More often, though, the difficulties are more nuanced, such as those faced by Kim and Al Stamps during 13 years as an interracial couple in Jackson, Miss.Kim, a white woman raised on Cape Cod, met Al, who is black, in 1993 after she came to Jackson’s Tougaloo College to study history.Together, they run Cool Al’s — a popular hamburger restaurant — while raising a 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter in the state with the nation’s lowest percentage (0.7) of multiracial residents.Michelle Cadeau, born in Sweden, and her husband, James, born in Haiti, are raising their two sons as Americans in racially diverse West Orange, N. “I think the children of families like ours will be able to make a difference in the world, and do things we weren’t able to do,” Michelle Cadeau said.
history, in most communities, such unions were taboo.
“I live a wonderful life as a nonracial person.” Meier says she occasionally detects some expressions of disapproval of their marriage, “but flagrant, in-your-face racism is pretty rare now.” Cox — an Army veteran and former private detective who now joins his wife in raising quarter horses — longs for a day when racial lines in America break down.
“We are sitting on a powder keg of racism that’s institutionalized in our attitudes, our churches and our culture,” he said, “that’s going to destroy us if we don’t undo it.” Sometimes, a blend of nationalities In many cases, interracial families embody a mix of nationalities as well as races.
Al Stamps listens as his wife, Kim, speaks about her home schooling of the couple's children, son Alkebu-lan, 12, background, and daughter Abyssinia, 10, right, during a photo session at Cool Al's, a popular restaurant in Jackson, Miss., on April 3. Stanford: 7 percent of couples interracial Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7 percent of America’s 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2 percent in 1970. The Supreme Court ruled that Virginia could not criminalize the marriage that Richard Loving, a white, and his black wife, Mildred, entered into nine years earlier in Washington, D. But what once seemed so radical to many Americans is now commonplace. Last year, the Salvation Army installed Israel Gaither as the first black leader of its U. Opinion polls show overwhelming popular support, especially among younger people, for interracial marriage. Interviews with interracial couples from around the country reveal varied challenges, and opposition has lingered in some quarters.
The decision also overturned similar bans in 15 other states. Virginia ruling, the number of interracial marriages has soared; for example, black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005, according to Census Bureau figures. “We see a blurring of the old lines, and that has to be a good thing, because the lines were artificial in the first place.” From exotic to commonplace The boundaries were still distinct in 1967, a year when the Sidney Poitier film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” — a comedy built around parents’ acceptance of an interracial couple — was considered groundbreaking. Well-known whites who have married blacks include former Defense Secretary William Cohen and actor Robert De Niro. He and his wife, Eva, who is white, wed in 1967 — the first interracial marriage between Salvation Army officers in the United States.