Interracial Dating: The Source of Diversity for Future Generations

Audreanna Dunton, Assistant Business Manager

Juniors Aria Kleber and Delvin Swift are an interracial couple at Loy Norrix. The couple are seen together laughing with each other. Photo Credit / Audreanna Duton

Interracial dating is now becoming a very common phenomenon among younger generations, and with this, the future generations are becoming racially mixed. As each new generation begins to sprout, grow, and develop, it is slowly but surely becoming a widespread trend.
With time, many families are becoming both culturally and racially diverse due to interracial dating. Many people participate in interracial relationships throughout their life, and the number of people in these relationships is likely to continue to increase. There are a few complications that may arise during an interracial relationship though, as issues do with any relationship, regardless of race or gender.  
Juniors Aria Kleber and Delvin Swift are a happy couple at Loy Norrix and are open to share their relationship dynamics. Kleber is caucasian and Swift is mixed.
“We’ve never experienced any racial complications,” the couple explained. When asked how their families view their relationships, they stated that there were no outstanding issues.
“They’re okay with it. There’s nothing like, bad between us. Everything is okay,” said Swift.
Junior Jorge Rojo is in an interracial relationship with KyLeigh Farrington, who is a junior at Portage Central.  Private life for the happy couple is no big deal, but when it comes to going to public spaces and venues together, it can be a whole different story. Rojo is Mexican and Farrington is caucasian.
“Just recently we were at the mall and someone came up to us and was like, ‘Is that your girlfriend?’ Her parents treat us fine though,” said Rojo.
Overall, interracial relationships are becoming normalized in the modern day. According to a study from NPR, “Close to 50 years after interracial marriages became legal across the U.S., the share of newlyweds married to a spouse of a different race or ethnicity has increased more than five times — from 3 percent in 1967, to 17 percent in 2015, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.”
The number of interracial couples is expected to steadily rise as time passes.
According to information from “Newsweek”, “…interracial marriage is now the highest it has ever been in the United States, up 14 percent compared with what it was in 1967 when the courts ruled in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were thrown in jail in Virginia for violating the state’s rules against multicultural love.”
Interracial couples are quite common at Loy Norrix. A lot of your classmates are probably involved in an interracial relationship, actually.
Jayden Ubl and Tony Lopez share their experience as an interracial couple. The couple does not give any attention to the fact that they are of different races; Ubl is caucasian and Lopez is Mexican. Ubl and Lopez have been dating for six years.
“I don’t really pay that much attention to it,” Ubl said on behalf of their racial status. “I don’t personally look at it because I don’t look at him as different. I don’t want to say I’m blind to it.”
The couple both agree that they haven’t really faced any confrontational situations in public due to race.
“Like if it’s happened I don’t pay attention to it. It’s something that’s going to happen so I just block it out,” said Ubl.
Ubl and Lopez explained how at first their families weren’t as as supporting of their relationship as they are currently.
“Well we started dating in sixth grade, so at first they didn’t like it. They’ve definitely over the years become more accepting of it. We’ve grown, it was never because of who he was, more of just our age,” said Ubl.
Ubl also explained how the same process of acceptance also happened with their friends.
“It’s kinda the same. They’re more accepting now, but at first they were like ‘it’s never going to last.’ We were two different people from two different worlds,” said Ubl.
This is the future of diversity. As more and more couples begin to date, their children will amplify the rise of diversity throughout the world. There will be no more racial differences, for everyone will all have a little bit of everything in their genes.