Interracial dating rates
Then there’s the reality of their own romantic relationships.
Multiracial people have few romantic options that would not constitute an interracial relationship: Over 87 percent of multiracial participants in our sample reported having dated interracially.
Next is a figure detailing the results from the explicit bias test, with lines measuring average levels of explicit bias against interracial couples.
But as a psychologist who studies racial attitudes, I suspected that attitudes toward interracial couples may not be as positive as they seem.The lines indicate the average discrepancy in the length of time it took participants to associate interracial couples with positive words, when compared to associating same-race couples with positive words.Notice that for multiracial participants, this average discrepancy overlaps with zero, which indicates a lack of bias.In contrast, participants who identified as multiracial showed no evidence of bias against interracial couples on either measure.The figure below shows the results from the implicit association test.
To answer this question, my collaborator James Rae and I recruited participants from throughout the U. to examine implicit and explicit attitudes toward black-white interracial couples.