"You fall in love with who they are, and that's OK nowadays."According to a recent Pew Research Center study, Virginia ranks highest in the country for the rate - 3.3 percent - of black-and-white marriages between 2008 to 2010.
As part of a longer survey, participants were also asked to rate on a scale of 1 to 100 how disgusted they felt about a black man in a romantic relationship with a white woman, or a white man in a relationship with a black woman.
“We chose to limit our investigation to black-white interracial romances because previous research indicates that whites show the strongest opposition to black-white interracial couples,” according to the study.
“We chose to avoid adding an additional layer of complexity by restricting our investigation to heterosexual couples.” In the first experiment, 152 students were asked whether they accepted mixed-race relationships.
"The main thing that leads to friendships and connection is people spending meaningful parts of their lives together."Matthew and Shannon Stakes, who married in 2010, met as college students at their church. I see his personality."Shannon said the concerns and stares they'd get in public have faded recently and given way to something else."The looks are now more admiration or 'That's cool,' " she said.
Matthew, who is white, was president of the Old Dominion University campus ministry group; Shannon, who is black, was vice president."We would host events together, have lunches together, come to campus early together, walk around campus and pray together," Shannon said. "For people who have been in interracial relationships, it's 'Yes.' It might be a feeling of 'Finally.' "Henry and Lin Chambers of Hampton just celebrated their 18th anniversary, and Henry, who is black, said he had almost always dated non-black women.