“It used to be illegal to date someone outside of your race, so in that regard, life has gotten better.
“That’s independent of the race of whoever he might be attempting to court.” In addition to unfair stereotypes, Ravi is also competing with white privilege.
In 2013, a record-high 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.
(This share does not take into account the “interethnic” marriages between Hispanics and non-Hispanics, which we covered in an earlier report on intermarriage.) Looking beyond newlyweds, 6.3% of all marriages were between spouses of different races in 2013, up from less than 1% in 1970.
Though the modern couple is growing more and more diverse, conversations about race and relationships can still be complicated.
“The challenges with interracial dating, in a way, have gotten easier,” says Joshua Johnson, host of Truth Be Told, a new show about race in America show from KQED and PRI.