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Racist Propensities of Whites in Black/White Relationships versus Racist Propensities of Whites in Endogamous Relationships

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Since 1960, there has been an astronomical increase in interracial relationships in the United States. It could be argued that this increase represents a sea change in the racial attitudes of White Americans. To the degree that this is true, how do the racial attitudes of Whites involved in interracial relationships differ from the racial attitudes of Whites who are not in such relationships?

I attempted to answer this question by first seeking out literature on the subject. I found literature that spoke to many aspects of interracial relationships, and, certainly, there has been research into the racial attitudes of Whites in general; however, none of the research that I located examined the racial attitudes of Whites in interracial relationships. I have therefore endeavored to fill the gaps in this literature.

I enlisted White students on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York to participate in my research. From this sample, I gathered data on a variety of factors, but I was interested primarily in the respondentsí exposure to and familiarity with African-Americans, their attitudes about African-Americans, and their experience with interracial relationships.
While the results of my research do not indicate that Whites in interracial romantic relationships do not harbor some racist beliefs, they do indicate that there is indeed a difference in the racist attitudes harbored by these Whites as compared to Whites who have never been involved in interracial romantic relationships.

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Race, Popular Culture, Theory
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Bryant II, Wilbur. "Racist Propensities of Whites in Black/White Relationships versus Racist Propensities of Whites in Endogamous Relationships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p106033_index.html>

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Bryant II, W. R. , 2003-08-16 "Racist Propensities of Whites in Black/White Relationships versus Racist Propensities of Whites in Endogamous Relationships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p106033_index.html

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Abstract: Since 1960, there has been an astronomical increase in interracial relationships in the United States. It could be argued that this increase represents a sea change in the racial attitudes of White Americans. To the degree that this is true, how do the racial attitudes of Whites involved in interracial relationships differ from the racial attitudes of Whites who are not in such relationships?

I attempted to answer this question by first seeking out literature on the subject. I found literature that spoke to many aspects of interracial relationships, and, certainly, there has been research into the racial attitudes of Whites in general; however, none of the research that I located examined the racial attitudes of Whites in interracial relationships. I have therefore endeavored to fill the gaps in this literature.

I enlisted White students on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York to participate in my research. From this sample, I gathered data on a variety of factors, but I was interested primarily in the respondentsí exposure to and familiarity with African-Americans, their attitudes about African-Americans, and their experience with interracial relationships.
While the results of my research do not indicate that Whites in interracial romantic relationships do not harbor some racist beliefs, they do indicate that there is indeed a difference in the racist attitudes harbored by these Whites as compared to Whites who have never been involved in interracial romantic relationships.

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