But Americans ages 50 and older are considerably less likely to have cross-racial friendships, and this difference is largely the result of fewer older whites having black friends.
The oldest generation currently being tracked, the “Silent” generation (those born between 19), has steadily become more racially liberal over time, though they remain significantly less likely to approve of interracial dating than are those in younger generations (68% in 2009).
In addition to their racially liberal views on marriage and dating, a majority of Millennials (54%) in Pew Research’s report on race say at least some of their friends are of a different race.
For more on values, see Independents Take Center Stage in Obama Era.
I have always been very private when it comes to my relationships and have never introduced my parents to anyone I’m interested in.
When the first Generation Xers began to be tracked in the late 1980s, about two-thirds of this generation (those born between 19) agreed that it was “all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” By the time all members of that generation had reached age 18, fully 85% agreed with the statement — about the same proportion as does so today (86%).
The opinions of Baby Boomers (those born between 19) became more accepting of black-white dating in the early 1990s and have steadily become more so; in recent years, Boomers have become almost as accepting of interracial dating as Gen Xers.Your boyfriend sounds like a nice guy, and you should have a relationship with him if you want to.If they ask if you are dating him, tell them that you are in a relationship but you don’t want to categorize it.The percentage of white Millennials saying they have black friends (56%) is about the same as the percentage of black Millennials who say they have white friends (55%).There is little difference on this question between Millennials and Americans ages 30 to 49.Over the last several decades, the American public has grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage.