Alert
Close

Top the Trizzle leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
Rock Your Finances $50K Give Away Sweepstakes

Most Popular
Articles

Viewed

Poll

Interracial Marriage Then and Now

Together for decades, four couples discuss struggles and offer advice

Peter and Jean Lin, Saratoga, Calif.

Peter's mother was skeptical when he and Jean began dating. Chinese people who married outside their race were considered traitors. In their early years, the Lins were treated rudely at a gas station and were ordered out of a picnic area. When Jean traveled with her Chinese family, people sometimes assumed she was a tour guide. — Photo by Christa Renee

In the last 30 years, the number of interracial marriages in the U.S. has more than doubled. In 1980, 7 percent of new marriages brought together people from different racial or ethnic backgrounds, reports the Pew Research Center. Today, 15 percent of newlyweds are crossing the racial divide.

See also: Faces of the Freedom Rides: Ten who went, then and now.

Societal attitudes about these unions have also shifted. Today, nearly
two-thirds of Americans say they're fine with people marrying someone of a different race. In 1986, only 28 percent of people agreed with that
statement.

Here are the stories of four couples, married more than 30 years, who
crossed racial, societal and even legal barriers to be the pioneers that
paved the way for today's new way of thinking about interracial marriages.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

300_line

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Grocery Coupon Center

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by Coupons.com.

AngiesList

Members can save 25% to 45% on their Angie's List membership.

Anna's Linens

Member save 10% every day at Anna's Linens and AnnasLinens.com.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.