Interracial Relations and Marriages Essays

2369 Words Oct 16th, 1999 10 Pages
Interracial Relations and Marriages

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Thesis statement,: The United States has witnessed a considerable social and cultural desegregation of Black and Caucasian Americans. However, despite years of desegregation, racial and cultural differences still exist. I show these differences still exist in the institution of marriage. 1. Americans have been and are continually moving slowly away from segregation. A. Since the 1960's
Blacks have been allowed to move into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods. B.
Integration on campuses is now more apparent then ever before. 1. Students cat together. 2. Students study together, C. Black and Caucasian issues have converged. 11, notwithstanding these examples of desegregation, there are
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Americans have been and are continually moving slowly away from segregation. In the past forty years a multitude of changes have transformed schools, jobs, voting booths, neighborhoods, hotels, restaurants and even the wedding altar, facilitating tolerance for racial diversity ( Norman 108 ). Since the 1960's, when housing discrimination was outlawed, many Blacks moved into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods. The steadily growing areas in the west and south-west are least segregated, because these areas never had the entrenched Black and Caucasian sections of town ( "Up For separatist' 30 ). Even more visible signs of desegregation can be seen in the areas of education. A study done by the University of Michigan shows that integration on campuses occur on a regular basis. The racial line are crossed routinely; about 50% of Blacks and 15% of Caucasians reportedly study together.
Eating patterns also share the same similarities. At a social level there has been a steady convergence of opinion on a variety of racial issues. Since 1972, surveys have asked whether the respondent would favor a law making inter-racial marriages illegal. In 11980 the results showed that 3 0, I% of Caucasians and
18.3% of Blacks favor such a law. By 1994, the collected data showed 14.7% and
3.2% respectively. Similar trends have also been observed in busing and even integrated social clubs ( "Up For Separatist' 3 0 ). A simple analysis
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