Zachary Degraw, 23, was charged with bias-motivated assault — a gross misdemeanor — and two counts of misdemeanor assault on Thursday for allegedly wrapping his arm around the throat of a Somali cab driver and choking him during a ride through St. A female passenger in the cab reportedly told Benton County Sheriff deputies that "the defendant was racist." When the deputies asked Degraw why he'd choked the driver, Degraw said he was worried the driver would call some of his friends, or someone within his own race."Well, he is Muslim," Degraw reportedly ."You tell me, do you not know what these Muslims will do with a white American girl?Hispanic men and women are about as likely to marry outside their ethnic group, and they tend to marry non-Hispanic whites more than other groups.The likelihood of choosing a marriage partner of another race or ethnic group is also influenced by the available pool of people of the appropriate age and with a similar educational background, because most people marry someone close in age and educational level. whites—long the racial majority—have the lowest intermarriage rates, followed by blacks.Interracial marriage was even illegal in at least 15 U. As the education and income gaps between racial and ethnic groups shrank, so did the social distance between them. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriages were unconstitutional in 1967, a reported 72 percent of southern white Americans and 42 percent of northern whites said they supported an outright ban on interracial relationships.
And younger clients are more willing to date outside their race than older clients. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that one in seven new marriages in 2008 was either interracial or between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic—unions encompassed by the term "intermarriages." This is double the percentage of intermarriages in 1980, but still relatively low.
One prime reason is that the population is becoming increasingly diverse—culturally, ethnically, and racially.
Americans reaching marriage age over the next two decades are probably the most racially diverse generation ever, and it will be surprising if they do not intermarry more often than previous generations. In addition, more Americans have personal experience with intermarriages involving their families, friends, and work colleagues, which lends a normalcy to these unions.
Older Americans are not as tolerant: About 55 percent of those ages 50 to 64 and just 38 percent of those 65 or older said they would not mind if a family member married someone of another race.
Most people appear willing to date outside their race, but they still state preferences.
Unions between Asians and whites are also very sex-selective, with most marriages occurring between white men and Asian women.