I read this article about interracial marriages, and I saw a piece of information I typically see in stories about interracial relationships.
The divorce rate is higher in an interracial marriage than in those composed of two people of the same race. My immediate question: According to whom?
Every time I see this assertion, it is not followed by a statistic. It is just floated out there as truth. A few years ago, I called the U.S. Census Bureau and several research organizations, trying to find statistics to back up this premise. I couldn’t find anything. If such data or research exists, I would certainly like to see it and find out why the rate is higher, lower, or the same.
The theory makes sense. Those in interracial marriages have to deal with race on top of all the other issues that come with a marriage, and so, it is more likely the marriage will be torn asunder. I understand the reasoning, but I am not sure it is true. Two people willing to walk down the aisle and do something different may be more likely to stay together. They are aware of the concerns, before they appear. I also believe you have to know who you are and be pretty comfortable with that person to enter into a interracial relationship.
Prove me wrong or right. If anyone knows where such data is kept, please point me in the right direction. If it’s not out there, I may have to wage a one-woman campaign and start challenging this assumption, especially when it shows up in news articles.