Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Multiracial Couples

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Multiracial Couples

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Multiracial Couples. Paul C. Rosenblatt, Terri A. Karis, & Richard D. Powell. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1995. 305 pp. Hardcover ISBN 08039-7258-X. $44.00 cloth, $21.95 paper.

Interracial couples have been increasing over the past 20 years. However, few books chronicle their experiences and concerns. On the basis of in-depth interviews with 21 well-educated (high school graduates) Black-White couples in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, this book describes the experiences of interracial couples, including opposition from both African American and White family members, racism in the workplace, and institutional racism. Since it focuses more on what the couples had to say about their experiences than on theoretical issues about race or gender, it concentrates on the effects on the couples of various factors, even though the couples stated that the most important problem they faced, both before and after marriage, was racism. Thus, the authors describe the influences of the civil rights and antiwar movements during the 1960s and 1970s, feelings of security and confidence, knowledge of other ethnic groups, the role of family members and the church, precedents of interracial relationships in the family and community, and the hunger for diversity.

The authors note that the opposition of White families to interracial marriage had to do with matters of safety and well-being, the alleged clannishness of African American families, and the likelihood of a poor economic future. In contrast, African American families tended to oppose these marriages because of the risk of marrying down educationally, the importance of the sons of Black feminists marrying Black women, and the rejection of Black femininity that seems to be implied by Black sons marrying White women. …

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