In a survey of attitudes about relationships, the students reported little disapproval of interracial couples.
Much as the likes of musician Quincy Jones and professional basketball player Charles Barkley are in interracial marriages, about 5% of all marriages in the United States are interracial.
“It shows that people show some level of disgust based on the [national] polls saying that everything is fine,” said Allison Skinner, lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, who published the study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Skinner said the students at the Midwestern university may not be representative of the entire nation, but she added that their feelings are “probably not exclusively a Nebraska thing.” About 1 in 8 people who married in 2013 tied the knot with someone of a different race, according to a Pew analysis of American Community Survey data.
While sitting in front of a computer, the photos of mixed-race and same-race couples were randomly shown to participants.
They were told that they had to quickly respond to whether the couple should be “included” or “excluded” from a future study on relationships by pressing a button that corresponded to each answer.
The film chronicles the story of Virginia couple Mildred and Richard Loving, whose illegal mixed-race marriage led to the landmark decision by the U. Supreme Court in 1967 to legalize interracial marriages nationwide.