Link is likely only good for today: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/06/opinion/06KRIS.html?todaysheadlines ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Love and Race By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF In a world brimming with bad news, here's one of the happiest trends: Instead of preying on people of different races, young Americans are falling in love with them. Whites and blacks can be found strolling together as couples even at the University of Mississippi, once the symbol of racial confrontation. "I will say that they are always given a second glance," acknowledges C. J. Rhodes, a black student at Ole Miss. He adds that there are still misgivings about interracial dating, particularly among black women and a formidable number of "white Southerners who view this race-mixing as abnormal, frozen by fear to see Sara Beth bring home a brotha." Mixed-race marriages in the U.S. now number 1.5 million and are roughly doubling each decade. About 40 percent of Asian-Americans and 6 percent of blacks have married whites in recent years. .... For centuries, racists warned that racial equality would lead to the "mongrelization" of America. Perhaps they were right in a sense, for we're increasingly going to see a blurring of racial distinctions. But these distinctions acquired enormous social resonance without ever having much basis in biology. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I remember when a German-American marrying an Italian-American was frowned upon.