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When Ann Dunham, a white woman, married a black African student, Barack Obama Sr., in 1961, marriage between white and black Americans was rare. In 2010, with Barack Obama Jr., in the White House, attitudes toward interracial dating and marriage are very different.
Interracial marriage was even illegal in at least 15 U. As the education and income gaps between racial and ethnic groups shrank, so did the social distance between them."There's much greater racial tolerance in the United States, with attitudes having changed in a way where it's much more positive toward interracial marriage," said Daniel T.Lichter, director of the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University, who studies interracial and interethnic marriages.Thirty-six percent of Asian women and 28 percent of Hispanic women intermarried in 2015, while 26 percent of Hispanic men and 24 percent of black men married someone of a different race or ethnicity.White and black women were the least likely to consider someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015.