Introduction Interracial relationships have experienced intense struggles and obstacles in the history of the United States.
Many areas of the country forbade interracial relationships, and punishment included imprisonment and even death (Todd & Mckinney, 1992).
African-American families tend to base their family structures using matriarchal systems.
Generally, the older generations have been more opposed to interracial relationships while younger generations have tended to view interracial relationships most favorably (Lovstuen, 2001; Todd & Mckinney, 1992).
Since family interactions provide the first model of socialization and relationship formation, parental and family perspectives play a salient role in shaping an individual’s openness to interracial relationships.
They also speculated that individuals might interracially date (a) for the same “intangible” reasons of love and compatibility as individuals who date within their own race, (b) because of familiarity or desired immersion with a particular culture, and (c) because some might have “preferences” for particular skin colors as others might have for hair or eye colors.
Openness to interracial relationships varies among generations.
In sum, researchers have needs to understand better the dynamics involved within family, racial, and relationship milieus.