But while Americans' support for interracial marriage has become nearly universal, according to a recent national poll, and mixed marriages are twice as common as they were 30 years ago, dating across ethnic lines still carries some apprehension.For example, when, during their courtship, Michael picked up Christelyn at the hairdresser, a lively hub of black culture, Christelyn remembers all noise screeching to a halt at the sight of her white date, and she nervously hustled him out. Charlie," slang for a white oppressor; a cousin warned her a white guy would never marry her."There were these constant guilt trips," said Christelyn Karazin, 38, who co-authored the new book "Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed" (Atria), with Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, to offer practical advice for navigating inter-ethnic romance.But new research from the University of Washington suggests that reported acceptance of interracial marriage masks deeper feelings of discomfort—even disgust—that some feel about mixed-race couples."I felt like the polls weren't telling the whole story," said Skinner, a researcher in the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. In the first, 152 college students were asked a series of questions about relationships, including how disgusted they felt about various configurations of interracial relationships and about their own willingness to have an interracial romance.
Support for LGBT equality is well beyond precedent for this important paradigm change.The researchers asked the students to quickly indicate whether each couple should be included in a future study on relationships, a task that was intended to ensure participants were socially evaluating the couples while their neural activity was recorded.