Case in point, the emergence of large populations of Afro-Arabs in the Arab World and mulattoes in the New World historically came about in the context of the Arab and Transatlantic slave trades, respectively, which resulted in impregnation of black women.These women were sex slaves (rather than wives) of non-black men (cf.the older US euphemism children of the plantation).Many jurisdictions have had regulations banning or restricting not just interracial marriage but also interracial sexual relations, including Germany during the Nazi period, South Africa under apartheid, and many states in the United States prior to a 1967 Supreme Court decision.
Reflecting the wave of immigration from Eastern European countries since the expansion of the EU in 2004, the most common inter-ethnic relationship is between people who are white British and those who class themselves as “other white” (most from countries such as Poland).
The tendency to initiate contact within one’s own race, the study observes, is strongest among Asians and Indians and weakest among whites.
And the biggest “reversals” are observed among groups that display the greatest tendency towards in-group bias, and also when a person is being contacted by someone from a different racial background for the first time.
These make up 16 per cent of all mixed-race couples.
Two in five of all inter-ethnic relationships include someone who is white British, the new data from the 2011 census shows.
Lewis’s study of romantic social networks considered only heterosexual interactions, for apples-to-apples comparison with the majority of previous findings, and only those individuals, for the sake of simplicity, who self-identify with one and only one of the top five most populous of Ok Cupid’s racial categories: Black, White, Asian (East Asian), Hispanic/Latino and Indian (South Asian).