Interesting facts about interracial dating
As they fell in love, she kept reminding him: “I’m black. Marie Nelson, 44, a vice president for news and independent films at PBS who lives in Hyattsville, Md., admits she never saw herself marrying a white man.But that’s exactly what she did last month when she wed Gerry Hanlon, 62, a social-media manager for the Maryland Transit Administration.“I might have had a different reaction if I met Gerry when I was 25,” she said.In 2013, 12 percent of all new marriages were interracial, the Pew Research Center reported.According to a 2015 Pew report on intermarriage, 37 percent of Americans agreed that having more people marrying different races was a good thing for society, up from 24 percent only four years earlier; 9 percent thought it was a bad thing.Of the 3.6 million adults who wed in 2013, 58 percent of American Indians, 28 percent of Asians, 19 percent of blacks and 7 percent of whites have a spouse whose race is different from their own.Asian women are more likely than Asian men to marry interracially.
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Back then, fresh out of Duke and Harvard, she believed that part of being a successful African-American woman meant being in a strong African-American marriage. “There are so many moments when we’ve learned to appreciate the differences in the way we walk through this world,” she said. Hanlon, whose sons have been very accepting of their father’s new wife, said that one of the things he loves about his relationship with Ms. Whether it’s a serious discussion about police brutality or pointing out a privilege he takes for granted as a white man, he said, “we often end in a deep dive on race.”Still, they’ve been surprised at how often they forget that they’re a different color at all. Nelson said: “If my friends are about to say something about white people, they might look over at Gerry and say: ‘Gerry, you know we’re not talking about you.’Gerry likes to joke: ‘Of course not.