"Recognizing your culture, accepting it and getting to this place where you accept the idea that, 'there are a lot of different cultures out there, and I’m not gonna insist on being dominant.'" Cashin said much of the racial conflict we experience today is a clash of world views. "There’s all this social science that shows, for example, a white person that has a black friend, that predicts a greater empathy for the things black people experience," she said.
In the past, interracial friendships weren’t as common.
Even in the 1960s, when Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in the middle of the night, thrown in jail, and exiled from their home state — simply for being married.But increased interracial relationships are causing those clashes to fizzle.Just a little more than 25 years ago, 63% of nonblack adults opposed interracial marriage. This is slightly elevated from the estimate provide by the Census Bureau, but the study takes into account the heritage of each adult, not just their self-reported race. Mildred and Richard Loving were the first white man and African American woman to marry despite the law against interracial marriage.As a result, they both spent time in jail and were forced from their home state of Virginia, seeking refuge in Washington.She expects it to have a fundamental impact on American culture and the political sphere.
"Interracial friendship can transfer what I call cultural dexterity, and cultural dexterity is an enhanced capacity for intimate connections with people outside your own tribe," she said.
Which state has the highest number of interracial newlyweds?
Hawaii has the largest number of interracial newlyweds today. The next city with the largest number of interracial marriages is Las Vegas, with 31% of married couples being interracial.
Cashin uses the national same-sex marriage movement to illustrate this idea.
Attitudes against same-sex marriage have changed dramatically in the past 15 years.
Today , the most common interracial pairing is one Hispanic spouse and one white spouse.