Reuters: Four In Ten White People Only Have White Friends

| by Sylvan Lane
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The United States of America may have a black president, and the white majority is well on its to becoming a minority, but according to a Reuters poll, roughly four in ten white people only have white friends.

Gawker writes, “According to [the poll], 40% of whites ‘are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race.’ Just a big, white bubble, floating through the streets and golf course of America. Only about 25% of non-white people say the same thing, because, let's face it, it's hard to stay away from all of the whites in America, even if you're trying.”

However, a 2011 report from USA Today painted more encouraging news for proponents of racial inclusivity, as black-white marriages are on the rise in the United States.

According to the report, “Black-white marriages are on the rise, a sign that those racial barriers are slowly eroding, but they still lag far behind the rate of mixed-race marriages between whites and other minorities.

"It does suggest that the social distance between the two groups has narrowed," says Zhenchao Qian, a sociology professor at Ohio State University and lead author of a new study on interracial marriages, told USA Today. "The racial boundary is blurred, but it is still there."

The study, published in the October 2011 edition of the Journal of Marriage and Family, found that in 2008, 10.7 percent of blacks who married in the past year married whites, compared with 3 percent in 1980. Blacks with higher levels of education are more likely to marry whites because they have a greater chance of interacting with where they were educated, where they work and where they live, which Qian said was true for other racial and ethnic groups for a while, but not for blacks.


Sources: Gawker, USA Today