Some traditionalists still suspect such people are driven by a desire to defy societal norms, or perhaps the inability to get a more desirable, same-race partner.
Newly published research suggests they couldn't be more wrong.
In many Arabic nations, laws and customs continue to exist which revoke the civil rights of women who marry men not native to the woman's country of birth, or to men who are non-Muslim in particular.
Women who follow through on this choice run a high risk of being subjected to honor killings by male family members.
Since that time, a steady increase in interracial marriages has been observed, though today's rates vary considerably by geographical region.
“I felt like the polls weren’t telling the whole story,” said Skinner, a researcher in the UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. In the first, 152 college students were asked a series of questions about relationships, including how disgusted they felt about various configurations of interracial relationships and about their own willingness to have an interracial romance.
The participants overall showed high levels of acceptance and low levels of disgust about interracial relationships, and pointed to a strong negative correlation between the two.
Participants responded faster to images of same-race couples and selected them more often for inclusion in the study.
Not all that long ago, engaging in a romantic relationship with a member of another race was widely frowned upon.
Of less importance was the segregation in basic public facilities, which was abolished with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.