It's that time again....census time. Did you all receive your forms in the mail? Did you fill it out and turn it in? Because it's census time, I thought it would be fitting to write about some statistics regarding interracial marriage and divorce. I tend to forget that my husband and I are in a VERY SMALL group of people when it comes to marriages in the United States. As of the last census, the percentage of interracial marriages in the U.S. was still below 5%! That amazes me! I will be so curious to see what the new census stats show. It's funny to me that the numbers are so low because I guess I just think of "us" as just like everyone else. Clearly the numbers show a very different story.
Interracial marriage in the U.S.:
The other interesting statistic is, that marriages of white woman and black men have a higher rate of divorce than any other marriages. Now why is that? Certainly every marriage has issues, and interracial marriages get that added "benefit" of dealing with being "judged" by society and everyone around them, but I think black men and white woman get the "judging" on a more heightened level from all sides. Maybe that is part of the reason why those marriages fall apart. Is it history, is it racism, is it a power struggle, what is it that creates this "built in failure" regarding this type of union? Thoughts? To me, marriage is marriage, and if you love one another and are strong in who you are, then nothing should be able to tear you apart, right? My husband and I are living proof that you CAN make it, and that no matter what life throws at you, if you hang in and fight for each other, marriage CAN last a lifetime, black, white or otherwise. So, what will the new census show.......how many of "us" are there now?