Interracial dating common at Delta

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With so much diversity among Delta College students, it’s not unusual to cross paths with an interracial couple.

With more than 19,000 students attending courses this semester, the opportunity of meeting new people from all different walks of life is inevitable.

There are several locations around campus where you might see an interracial couple walking with their arms locked together, smiling from ear-to-ear and having a laugh about how much fun they had last night.

Yes, it may be difficult for some spectators to accept seeing two separate ethnic groups coming together as one, because they don’t agree with it.

There are plenty of people that still believe skin color doesn’t factor into whether or not they find someone attractive.

Even though interracial couples are becoming more common across the United States, many of those couples aren’t tying the knot.

In 2012, nine percent of unmarried couples living together came from different races, as opposed to four percent of married couples, according to Census Bureau data published by the Los Angeles Times.

More than likely, the reason for the higher percentage of unmarried interracial couples is due to disapproval of close friends and unhappy family members that object to the relationship for whatever reason.

According to a 2009 study by the Pew Research Center, only half of the white people who responded, ages 50 to 64, said they would approve of a relative marrying someone from a different race or ethnicity, while many of the others disapproved citing fear of losing their culture.

Earlier this year, a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family sparked so many racial, prejudicial comments from viewers online that General Mills made the decision to disable comments on the company’s YouTube account.

It’s amazing how as Americans we can pull together during the time of segregation that prompted the Civil Rights movement or even the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001 that took the lives of 2,996 people, yet we can’t seem to stomach seeing an interracial couple.

Everyone has the right to choose who they want to spend their life with.

Who are you to pass judgment on them?

The world is forever evolving and changing our view on how we accept others decisions with dating.

For example, the Latino population is the fastest growing in America and will historically change the face of a nation in which non-Hispanic whites may lose their majority, sometime around 2043.

Meaning, if you think interracial dating is a problem now, than leave the U.S. because there’s no definite solution.