Most americans approve of interracial dating
Residential segregation (while still problematic today in a number of places) was the norm and in fact, was legal and the law in many cities and towns.
Most (not all) of these individuals grew up with the notion that segregation was normal, justifiable and the appropriate way for Americans to live their lives.
They have also witnessed a nation with a tormented racial history elect a biracial man as president before many of them reached their 30th birthdays!
Moreover, many people of this age demographic are biracial and in some cases, or multiracial and are the products of mixed marriages themselves.
Mildred and Richard Loving were a mixed race couple from Virginia who were arrested by local law enforcement in July 1958 for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act of 1924 which prohibited White-Black marriages.
To add insult to injury, they were told that they had to leave the state for a minimum of nine years in order to avoid prosecution and imprisonment.
We learn through seeing and observing models, as psychologists have shown; the fancy scientific term is "social cognitive theory." "Symbolic communication influences human thought, affect, and action," psychologist Albert Bandura , "This is just a stupid commercial about Cheerios but it means a lot to me.
The percentage for Whites, while not as high, was still overwhelmingly supportive at 84 percent.
The study made it clear that Black approval of such unions has always been higher, but the gap between the races has closed dramatically.
The east and Midwest had identical percentages of acceptance while the west had the highest level of support.
% approve East 86% Midwest 86% South 83% West 93% Perhaps such results dispel the image of the northeast of supposedly being more racially progressive than the supposedly more moderate/conservative mid west and largely conservative western section of the nation.