Time to Be More Accepting of Interracial Couples

Julia Conn, Managing Editor

Constant changes and new ideas are very prevalent in today’s society. Whether it be pop culture, personal convictions or politics, people constantly revise our norms for humanity. A prime example of this would be interracial couples and how common they have become.

Rewind to the 1950s and 60s, and the idea of this wasn’t so accepted in society — or at all for that matter. Interracial marriage wasn’t even fully legalized in the U.S. until 52 years ago in 1967. Even then, and many years to follow, this has been frowned upon.

According to studies by Thought.Co’s “Difficulties Faced by Interracial Couples Historically and Today” article from this year, “65 percent of all Americans support (interracial) relationships, and 85 percent of young people do.”

In our own school, I’ve experienced instances of parents disapproving of their children seeing people of another race than them. A close friend of mine felt they had to hide their significant other from their parents in fear that they would be forbidden from seeing them, solely due to the color of their partner’s skin.

This prejudice is being passed on through generations, and it’s imperative that our age group enforces ideals of support for mixed race couples. I firmly believe love is not colorblind, but it is accepting and kind. This reigns true regardless of skin color.