July 25, Americans' attitudes toward black-white relationships have started to thaw over the years. But it's been a long, slow road. As recently as , the National Opinion Research Center found that 66 percent of white Americans polled opposed a close relative marrying a black man. Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University found 86 percent of black respondents said their families would welcome a white person.
These eleven couples, from the United States and beyond, each found their own way of navigating the challenges that interracial couples have faced throughout recent history. Some stories are heroic and others read as cautionary tales. What the couples have in common is a determination to live and love on their own terms. The couple: Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became the leader of the abolitionist movement.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Surprising as this might be, this isn't an arrangement that's always been accepted. At one point, this was an extremely controversial topic in the United States and was even illegal.
Interracial marriage is a hot topic in today's society, but it is not a new one. For thousands of years, people have been choosing life partners that come from different racial and cultural backgrounds. Believe it or not, some biblical characters even fought over interracial marriage in the bible! Interracial marriage laws today are much different than they were in the U.