I can’t think of a reason in the world why this trend should cease in our lifetimes.
Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7 percent of America’s 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2 percent in 1970.
It’s hard to believe that as recently as forty years ago, interracial marriage in much of the United States was not only taboo, it was illegal. That it no longer is testifies to the fact that taboos can and often should be tossed into the dumpster of history.
The struggle over which taboos still serve a useful societal function and which do not is the side of the culture war that is most interesting to me. Proponents of same-sex marriage, the current hot front of this war, have suffered both gains and losses in the last couple years, but I am putting my money on them winning in the end. Polygamy will be the next front I will guess, and after that incest perhaps. The taboo on those last two is still quite strong. Give complete erosion a generation or two.
I think I may be in that tiny minority who doesn’t particularly have an opinion about whether these changes will be for the better or for the worse. But I believe we’re going to find out.
(Hat tip to Axis of Right)