The Morrell's chose to make the drive to San Jose because that is where his family has attended for years.Photo by Lea Suzuki less Ernest shares some thoughts with his his wife, Jodene Morrell, during Easter Sunday services at their church in San Jose.In Social Trends in America and Strategic Approaches to the Negro Problem (1948), Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal ranked the social areas where restrictions were imposed on the freedom of Black Americans by Southern White Americans through racial segregation, from the least to the most important: basic public facility access, social equality, jobs, courts and police, politics and marriage.This ranking scheme illustrates the manner in which the barriers against desegregation fell: Of less importance was the segregation in basic public facilities, which was abolished with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
JDate, for instance, has added new options to its profiles: “willing to convert,” and even “not willing to convert.”Outsiders on sites such as Black People Meet are more conspicuous, but this hasn’t kept them away.“I find African-American women take care of themselves, dress better and treat their men better,” said David Dargie, 58, a white store manager from Vermont who has a dating profile on Black People Meet. Some men like blondes, some like brunettes—I like black people.”Stereotypes, such as the notion that a Jew will have strong family values or an Asian will be highly educated, are “very enduring” despite “tons of disconfirming evidence,” said Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at the University of California-Irvine, who focuses on ethnic minorities, interracial marriage, and multiracial identity.“Even a complimentary stereotype can be damaging,” Lee said.While I've dated other races, I'm mostly attracted to black men.My eyes and heart tend to steer me in that direction. (I am looking for male and female friends.) I also have a special place in ? (Even though to the eye, I'm black.) I can tend to be shy at first, but will come out once I get to know you.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.