Why is interratial dating so popular
The data in the study come from the How Couples Meet and Stay Together survey, which is the most comprehensive data collected on romantic relationships in the US.
The survey allows for multiple answers to the question about how people met, so a recent rise of people meeting at bars and restaurants is not down to serendipity but rather people who arranged to meet for dinner or a drink via online dating sites.
This created tension, implying that white men were having sex with black women because they were more lustful, and in turn black men would lust after white women in the same way.
There are a few potential reasons as to why such strong ideas on interracial sex developed.
Some 39% of heterosexual couples that got together in the US in 2017 met online, according to a recently released study (pdf) by sociologists Michael Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen of Stanford University and Reuben Thomas of University of New Mexico.
This was also the case for more than 60% of same-sex couples that year.
Many whites struggled with this reformation and attempted to find loopholes to continue the exploitation of black labour.
Races did not want to mix, the whites were feeling inadequate and wanted to take back control.
This radical reconstruction of the South was deeply unpopular and slowly unravelled leading to the introduction of the Jim Crow laws.
There was an increase in the sense of white dominance and sexual racism among the Southern people.
They also note that the share of people who first met online and were previously strangers rose from about 81% in 2009 to almost 90% in 2017.
Finally, they note that online couples don’t appear to be any more likely to break up than those who met “in real life.”Thomas says that people often underestimate the huge cultural shift that online dating has had on society.