julien_et_mathilde t1_j6a0vcf wrote

I only mentioned black/white marriages.

According to this 2015 data, 17% of new marriages in the US were interracial and only 11% of those were between a black person and a white person. So less than two percent of new marriages were between a black person and a white person. That is rare.

The black population, which is mostly made up of people whose ancestors have been here for centuries, was shown to be intermarrying at a significantly lower rate than asian and hispanic people, most of whose ancestors would have immigrated much more recently. There is still very obviously a big racial divide.


julien_et_mathilde t1_j690hhn wrote

Of course you wouldn't expect an equal number of mixed race marriages as intraracial ones. You would, however, expect a high percentage of the minority group to eventually be married to partners outside of their group. We see this with Jews in the West, who marry non-Jews at high rates now that religious rigor is relaxing and anti-Jewish sentiment is less normal.

Insularity is common among immigrants, but it normally does not last more than a few generations due to assimilation. The exceptions seem to happen when the group is legally made into a racial underclass or when insularity is a tenet of the group's religion.


julien_et_mathilde t1_j68errh wrote

>Here in the US, so called white guys have been having sex with so called black women since slavery began, and the "races" still are separate. So: it's about marriage.

In the US, black/white intermarriage used to be almost non-existent and continues to be rare. Racism is certainly the biggest reason for this.

However, wouldn't you also acknowledge that it is the norm for people to heavily weight criteria other than race when selecting marriage partners, the most obvious criteria being those related to money?

Wouldn't you also acknowledge that money can vary wildly from generation to generation within a single family? That a great-grandfather might have been immensely rich, but by the time the great-grandkids are born the wealth can easily disappear? Because of the fluidity of wealth that often exists between generations and even within an individual's own lifetime, wouldn't you agree that wealth and the marriages resulting from considerations of wealth are not likely to result in something as static as a race?