These trends suggest that great strides have been made in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws.But as a psychologist who studies racial attitudes, I suspected that attitudes toward interracial couples may not be as positive as they seem.
In total, we recruited approximately 1,200 white people, over 250 black people and over 250 multiracial people to report their attitudes.
We found that overall, white and black participants from across the U. showed statistically significant biases against interracial couples on both the implicit measure and the explicit measure.
Note that multiracial participants actually show a bias in favor of interracial couples.
Although we cannot know for sure from our data, we believe that the lack of bias observed among multiracial participants may stem from the fact that they’re the product of an interracial relationship.
We also wanted to know what might predict bias against interracial couples.
We anticipated that those who had previously been in an interracial romantic relationship – or were currently involved in one – would hold more positive attitudes.
Allison Skinner does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. More interracial relationships are also appearing in the media – on television, in film and in advertising.
census, approximately 15 percent of all newlywed couples are interracial.
To get at this, we asked participants questions about how many interracial couples they knew and how much time they spent with them.