We’ve entered a new cultural era in which interracial marriage is more acceptable than in the past. According to the 2010 census, one in 10 heterosexual married couples are interracial. That’s a 28% jump since 2000. What accounts for this increase?
Much of the growth in interracial marriages is the notion that we are, or will soon be, post-racial. Monumental events in American history like the election of our first African American president make this concept seem realistic. We’re also living in an age of tolerance. To reject a person based on any identity marker–race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and more–is met with swift and strong condemnation (remember Paula Deen?).
But is the change in social mores the foundational reason that interracial marriage is acceptable? Is there something deeper? What really makes interracial marriage okay?
In the following video two Christians, Thern and Trillia Newbell, discuss their marriage. Thern is White and Trillia is Black. In the video below they explain how their Christian beliefs form the basis of their relationship. It is the teachings of the Bible, they say, that makes it not only okay for them to be in an interracial marriage, but it makes their marriage glorious.