An example is America where many states instituted the antimiscegenation laws. These laws prohibited interracial marriage. Despite these laws, many children were born out of relationships between Blacks and whites, including black slaves and their white masters. By 1950s, many states had removed such statutes leading to a great rise in interracial as well as interethnic marriages.
Such a freedom is worth celebrating although it is disturbing to note the level of marital instability among interracial couples as compared to same-race couples. Throughout this paper, the term interracial marriage will be used to refer to a marriage between people of different racial backgrounds whereas the term interethnic marriages will be used to refer to marriage between people of different ethnic background. To be more precise, ethnicity refers to cultural heritage will is defined in terms of language, life-style, religion and socio-cultural aspects.
One society that records the highest level of interracial and interethnic marriages is America. Although majority of these relationships involve individuals from two minority groups, the percentage of such marriages between the blacks and the whites is significant. The history of romances and marriages between African Americans and the white Americans dates back to early 17th century. This is the time when Africans were being shipped to America to serve as slaves. In 1620, the first product of this mingling was brought forth.
According to McFadden (264), the initial relationships between the black and white Americans in the US led to the birth of many famous African Americans including Booker T. Washington, Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Martin and Frederick Douglass. The arrival of immigrants from Latin America, Asia and other places increased interracial coupling among racial minorities.
Despite restrictions from antimiscegenation laws, and