A new season of The Bachelorette is on tap with a black contestant, causing a bunch of media hot takes about interracial relationships.
There’s just about nothing less controversial these days in the United States than the idea of interracial marriage. A recent Pew study puts opposition to a family member entering one at a lowly 10%, and the number who think it shouldn’t be legal is obviously going to be in the single digits.
However, the Washington Post — seeing racism everywhere, always — decided to ponder why, if tolerance for interracial marriages is so high, there are relatively few of them.
It’s about the most bizarre, cynical claim imaginable one could take from that study, as if there is some “correct” ratio of interracial marriages we need to be shooting for:
One in six newlyweds chose a spouse of a different race in 2015, according to an analysis of census surveys by the Pew Research Center. That’s a fivefold increase from the 3 percent of newlyweds who were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity in 1967, the year the Supreme Court decided the landmark case, Loving v. Virginia.
But it represents less than half of the 39 percent of adults who said that intermarriage is good for society. A Pew analysis of General Social Survey data showed the percentage of people who say they would be opposed to a family member marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity has dropped from 31 percent in 2000 to 10 percent today. Opposition to a family member marrying someone who is black specifically has plummeted from 63 percent in 1990 to 14 percent last year.
That there are more people who say they favor or tolerate interracial marriage than there are interracial couples who say “I do” could be a reflection of the uneven progress the country has made in race relations since the 1960s, when laws were passed dismantling legal segregation and discrimination.
Go back and reread that nonsense.
There is absolutely no reason to insert the idea of racism into this discussion beyond the fact that the Left has nothing to do without a bogeyman.
As the article itself states, there could be several factors that — when paired with that 90% support — make a hell of a lot more sense:
It’s also a matter of location, experts say: Areas with diverse populations generally have a higher share of interracial marriages. Which is to say, even if people are comfortable with interracial marriage, they have to be able to meet and fall for someone of a different race or ethnicity.
Further, the Post misses another obvious factor that has nothing to do with thinking another race is biologically inferior: attraction.
People have “types”! Everybody isn’t attracted to everybody!
Groundbreaking, I know. But it’s true, and science has come up with all sorts of reasons why people fall in love, and “someone who looks like me because Margaret Sanger was right” is not high on the list.
Unfortunately, reality doesn’t give the Post the opportunity to paint Americans — and let’s be clear, the implication is that only white Americans are the ones making “uneven progress” — as hateful regardless of how they feel about interracial marriage.
You’d think a major American paper would understand how dopey that article sounds to the average American, but we expect nothing better from the mainstream media at this point.