Yesterday, Today, and Before Tomorrow: How Have Attitudes Towards Interracial Relationships Changed from Baby Boomers to Millennials

  • Brandon Turner (Iowa State University)
  • Alexandra De Los Santos (Iowa State University)
  • Faith Gaye (Iowa State University)
  • Modeste Kenne (Iowa State University)


The history of Interracial relationships in the United States is drastically different than today. In 1967, key legislation was passed to allow interracial marriage with the Loving v. Virginia court case, in which Mildred and Richard Loving’s relationship was scrutinized by the State of Virginia. Once the ban on interracial marriage was repealed nationwide, attitudes improved, but the fight did not end there. Bob Jones University was one of the final universities in the nation to lift a ban on interracial dating in 2000. Today, we see a change in attitudes toward interracial couples; however, individuals 65 years and above were indifferent about interracial relationships. Comparing the past to our current generation, about 90% of Millennials accept interracial dating. What has caused the shift in acceptance? We will discuss the history, progression, and differences in attitudes of the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations toward interracial relationships.

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Published on
01 Mar 2019