COMM 489 Senior Thesis
COMM 489 Senior Thesis
Generational Perceptions: Interracial Dating Views between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials
Interracial relationships or Miscegenation is a mixture of races; especially in marriage, cohabitation, or sexual relations between a white person and someone of another race (Webster-Merriam). For people of the Millennial generation (those born between 1977 and 2000) interracial dating is not something that is looked down upon nor it is something that is a major concern. But that was not always the case for the Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964). Baby Boomers grew up in an era where interracial relationships were still illegal. It wasn’t until 1967 that the U.S Supreme court ruled laws against miscegenation unconstitutional (Schripper). For someone born in the 1980’s like myself, I find it very difficult to image the possibility of going to jail simply for dating someone with different colored skin. The idea of interracial dating being that taboo and illegal is hard to imagine for someone like such as myself living in such a diverse city like Los Angeles. But is interracial dating still taboo to some? Or has the notion of interracial dating evolved like our societies and culture have over time?
The purpose of this study is to uncover the different perceptions of interracial dating between the Baby Boomer Generation and the Millennial Generation. It is also the purpose to study how people of mixed races (Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino) view interracial relationships based on their own personal culture and family influences. With the United States being one of the most diverse nations in the world, the Millennial generation has become a pioneer for breaking the interracial dating stigma. In a poll conducted in 2010, it was found that interracial marriages counted for 8.2% of all marriages in the United States, which is a 5% increase from 1980 (Yen). Another outcome from this paper that is hoped to be uncovered is why the Baby Boomer Generation was greatly opposed to interracial dating during their adolescent and young adult lives and whether or not they still agree with those beliefs. As the United States is growing more and more diverse, it is important to discover and analyze the whether there is still a taboo attached to interracial dating and the different perceptions to it, not only between the Baby Boomers and the Millennial’s but also within each generation.
As a qualitative research paper, the findings and paper as a whole will be presented as an Ethnography, as its aim is to explore an ongoing cultural phenomena (University of California Irvine). Open ended questions will be asked to a number of people from both the Baby Boomer and Millennial Generations. Questions about personal experiences with interracial dating will be asked as well as thoughts and feelings as to whether or not interracial dating is still taboo or not. I have found that there is a considerable about of new data and research that has been studied and discovered about interracial dating. There are many studies about whether it is more of an interracial problem or is it a fear of losing culture that is more of a taboo. Those articles will be researched and cited to help further dive into this topic. Conceptual Framework
In this section I will be discussing the justification that has been deconstructed from my research about the different perceptions of interracial dating between the Baby Boomer generation and the Millennial generation. I will be discussing the different demographics that were found about each population as well as the different cultures each generation was raised...