Colorblind interracial dating

When Minority Families Become the Majority” (April 8-9 at the University of Illinois Chicago), by researchers at Framingham State University.

CCF public affairs intern Colleen Poulin and FSU sociologist Virginia Rutter consider what’s working and what remains challenging in interracial relationships.

He watches movies with the lights on; I like complete darkness.

Fred and I rarely discuss race because it's not the biggest difference between us. We went to rival colleges: He's a Georgia Tech grad, and I'm a UGA Bulldog.

We still can't sit next to each other on the couch on game day.

"I broke up with him because of that." Morrell, 26, is now married to Ernest Morrell, an African American man.

And she says she faces even more prejudice: from whites who believe she "married down," and from blacks who feel that she stole "another good black man." The experiences of the Morrells and numerous other young people show that interracial dating can still be a minefield -- although interracial marriages nationally have more than quadrupled to 1.4 million since 1970.

She is a columnist and editor at author of the forthcoming edition) and a senior fellow and board member of the Council on Contemporary Families.

Perspectives of interracial dating at a predominantly white university. Founded in 1996 and based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Council’s mission is to enhance the national understanding of how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met.

That's not to say race doesn't affect us at all.

In a perfect world, it wouldn't, but we don't live in a perfect world.

But when it comes to marital commitments, and even public displays of affection, barriers still remain.

The following fact sheet was prepared for the 2011 Council on Contemporary Families conference, “Tipping Point? Breaking the last taboo: Interracial marriage in America.

Does the fact that we ask the question mean we still have a long way to go? About a year ago I interviewed Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer of , and, at the time, I commended her on creating one of the first television shows to portray a multitude of interracial relationships without it being the central issue.

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