Interracial dating attitudes
Not surprisingly, support for interracial marriage is much higher among younger people under 30 and less idealistic among people over 65 years old.As the poll demonstrated the following approval rates: National adults 87% 18-29 year olds 96% 30-49 year olds 93% 50-64 year olds 84% 65 years and older 70% Younger Americans have grown up in an environment where they have been immersed with multi-cultural images from sports, to television, to music, to gender to literature.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.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.
-- as well as other more entrepreneurial and adventurous minded men and women of all ethnic groups.
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.
Thus, it only seems natural to harbor such a supportive view on such an issue.
On the contrary, older Americans inhabited an America that was rigidly segregated by race, class and in a number of cases, religion.