Kim, a white woman raised on Cape Cod, met Al, who is black, in 1993 after she came to Jackson’s Tougaloo College to study history.
Together, they run Cool Al’s — a popular hamburger restaurant — while raising a 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter in the state with the nation’s lowest percentage (0.7) of multiracial residents.
Marriage has been a declining institution among all Americans and this decline is even more evident in the Black community.
In 2014 only 29% of African Americans were married compared to 48% of all Americans.
Besides superstardom, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter have another common bond: Each is the child of an interracial marriage. It was only 40 years ago — on June 12, 1967 — that the U. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying nonwhites. but when you have the ’other’ in your own family, it’s hard to think of them as ’other’ anymore,” Rosenfeld said.
history, in most communities, such unions were taboo.
“For interracial families, the great challenge is when the kids are going to leave home and face a world that is still very racialized.” Love can take its toll The stresses on interracial couples can take a toll.
The National Center for Health Statistics says their chances of a breakup within 10 years are 41 percent, compared to 31 percent for a couple of the same race.
“We are sitting on a powder keg of racism that’s institutionalized in our attitudes, our churches and our culture,” he said, “that’s going to destroy us if we don’t undo it.” Sometimes, a blend of nationalities In many cases, interracial families embody a mix of nationalities as well as races.
'Encouraging development' Kelley Kenney, a professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, is among those who have bucked the black-white gender trend.
A black woman, she has been married since 1988 to a fellow academic of Irish-Italian descent, and they have jointly offered programs for the American Counseling Association about interracial couples.
The children are homeschooled, Kim said, because Jackson’s schools are largely divided along racial lines and might not be comfortable for biracial children.
She said their family triggered a wave of “white flight” when they moved into a mostly white neighborhood four years ago — “People were saying to my kids, ’What are you doing here?