In SummaryThe new Gallup poll indicates the racial gap of interracial marriage has decreased significantly.
According to a new Gallop poll, 94% of American adults are in favor of marriages between Black and white people. This includes 96% of non-white adults and 93% of white adults in support of it.
It is a seven percent increase from 2013 poll that highlighted 96% of Black people and 84% of white people in support of married between a Black and white person.
The interesting revelation of this recent Gallup poll came from the history behind this question. When they started polling on the subject of interracial marriage in 1958, only 4% were in favor of it.
Getting married to someone is one of the most life-changing events in a person’s life. There are people who marry someone outside of their race who they want to spend the rest of their life with.
However, interracial marriages weren’t always accepted from people who want their children to marry within their race. In 1958, a Black woman named Mildred Jeter married a white man named Richard Loving in Washington D.C. They returned to Virginia, where they were charged with violating the state’s law forbidding interracial marriage and sentenced to a year in prison.
The Lovings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court so their case could be heard. On June 12, 1967 in a monumental decision, the Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Lovings and interracial marriages were legalized all across the country.
Ever since that ruling, there has been a huge increase in couples marrying each other outside of their races. The Gallup poll highlights these new societal changes.