If the “Great Awokening” or “Great Racial Reckoning”, or whatever you wish to call it had a major impact on race relations in the U.S., [interracial marriage] is about the hardest metric on which it could have shown up. It’s reasonable to posit that, if people really were feeling more racial tension, interracial marriage rates should have declined as a result. That was not at all evident in the data. The trajectory for America’s ethnoracial composition remains one that is more mixed than it has ever been, more akin to a Latin American country than a European one. Although, it should be noted, Europe’s indigenous population is also rapidly aging and mixing at as-yet unforeseen rates so the analogy may have to change to a comparison with countries like China and Japan.
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