Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Interratial Relationship Statistics

DATING EXPERIENCES AND ATTITUDES (based on 496 teens who have dated)
Have dated someone of another race
All: 57% Whites: 47% Blacks: 28% Hispanics: 90%
Have not, but would consider it
All: 30% Whites: 36% Blacks: 28% Hispanics: 9%
Would not consider it
All: 13% Whites: 17% Blacks: 12% Hispanics: 1%
Percent of whites who have dated a Black: 17% Hispanic: 33% Asian: 15%
Percent of blacks who have dated a White: 44% Hispanic: 38% Asian: 10%
Percent of Hispanics who have dated a White: 82% Black: 40% Asian: 25%
HOW PARENTS REACT
How parents say they would (or did) react if (or when) their teen dated interracially:
Totally fine with it: 62% Would/did mind: 34% Depends: 4%
How teens say their parents would (or did) react if (or when) they dated interracially:
Totally fine with it: 64% Would/did mind: 34% No opinion: 2%
Percent of adults who agree with statement:
'It's all right for blacks and whites to date each other.'
1987: 48% Now: 69%
HOW TEENS REACT
Types of interracial dating most likely to cause problems with other teens of the same race/ethnicity as the person dating, based on the percentage of teens who say it would cause problems:
White dating a black: 24%
Black dating a white: 23%
Black dating an Asian: 21%
Asian dating a black: 19%
Black dating a Hispanic: 12%
Hispanic dating an Asian: 11%
Hispanic dating a black: 11%
White dating an Asian: 11%
Asian dating a Hispanic: 10%
White dating a Hispanic: 10%
Hispanic dating a white: 10%
Asian dating a white: 8%
WHY TEENS DATE
Percent of teens who give these reasons for interracial dating:
Find the person attractive: 97%
Care about the person: 91%
Are open-minded: 89%
Are curious: 75%
Trying to be different: 54%
Rebelling against parents: 47%
Trying to be cool: 46%
Trying to get attention of parents: 43%


Enough Statistics
"Like all children, multiracial and multiethnic children need heroes with whom they can identify. They need to know that multiracial and multiethnic people can be successful. James Audubon (ornithologist), Tiger Woods (golfer), Maria Tallchief (ballet dancer), and Betty Okino (Olympic gymnasts) are just a few examples of these heroes (http://www.ed.gov/). "
"All children have special needs and situations with which they deal with on a daily basis. However, multiracial children not only have to deal with the normal difficulties of childhood and family situations, they have to also deal with an identity situation (Harsha). Multiracial Children have identity issues and concerns of experiencing a sense of being different (physical appearance, name, language, etc), experiencing not fully belonging to any ethnic group, experiencing difficulty with incorporating different heritages into one identity, and experiencing racism from all ethnic groups, including their own. Children of mixed racial and ethnic heritage need an enhanced sense of self and identity and greater intergroup tolerance, language facility, and an appreciation of minority group cultures. The sense of self and identity develops over the entire span of childhood, therefore schooling has an important role in multiracial children’s lives. "

References
1. Harsha, Kacy L., “Implications for Teachers of Multiracial Children.”
2. Poston, C. W. (1990). The multiracial identity development model: A needed addition.
3. Wardle, Francis, “Helping Multiracial and Multiethnic Children Escape No Man’s Land”
4. Wardle, Francis (1999), “Children of Mixed Race—No Longer Invisible”
5. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Diverse Issues “Diversity in People: What Are You? No simple answer for bi-racial people.”
6. http://www.ed.gov/

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