Update on interracial dating
In contrast, participants who identified as multiracial showed no evidence of bias against interracial couples on either measure.
The figure below shows the results from the implicit association test.
The lines indicate the average discrepancy in the length of time it took participants to associate interracial couples with positive words, when compared to associating same-race couples with positive words.
Notice that for multiracial participants, this average discrepancy overlaps with zero, which indicates a lack of bias.
In this case, we assessed explicit biases by simply asking participants how they felt about same-race and interracial couples.
We assessed implicit biases using something called the implicit association test, which requires participants to quickly categorize same-race and interracial couples with positive words, like “happiness” and “love,” and negative words, like “pain” and “war.” If it takes participants longer to categorize interracial couples with positive words, it’s evidence that they likely possess implicit biases against interracial couples.
My previous work had provided some evidence of bias against interracial couples.
Nonetheless, in 2015, 14 percent of all babies born nationwide were mixed race or mixed ethnicity – nearly triple the rate in 1980. So despite the persistence of bias against interracial couples, the number of multiracial people in the U. will only continue to grow – which bodes well for interracial couples. Everything that people think, feel, and do is affected by some combination of their personal characteristics and features of the social context they are in at the time.
So someone who plainly states that people of different races shouldn’t be together would be demonstrating evidence of explicit bias.