Marriage has been a declining institution among all Americans and this decline is even more evident in the Black community.In 2014 only 29% of African Americans were married compared to 48% of all Americans.Half or 50% of African Americans have never been married compared to 33% of all Americans.After viewing the available data, we can see that although fewer black women are “now married”, more black women than Black men have been married at least once.Growing up in Japan my parents were really strict and so I didn’t get an opportunity to start going on dates until after I graduated from high school.I did have a Japanese boyfriend but I ended things with him to go to school in California.Unlike Japan, California is a true melting pot of cultures but since I had so little dating experience back home, I was nervous about getting into the dating scene in America.Mostly because I had no idea how the American dating culture worked.
This brings the share of all interracial or interethnic marriages to a historic high of 8.4%, according to Pew Research Center data.
But the significance of the change goes beyond simple acceptance.
When Pew asked about the impact of interracial marriage on society, 43% of Americans said more intermarriage has been a change for the better.
Roughly a dozen centuries later, many Parsis have settled in the diaspora, where they’re encountering a different challenge: assimilation and a not-too-distant scenario in which, some worry, there will be no Zoroastrians left in the world. This worry is often directed toward young Zoroastrians, whose minds—and perhaps more importantly, hearts—may determine the future of the religion.
Decisions about dating and marriage can also be decisions about whether to stay within their community: Zoroastrianism is a patriarchal tradition, so the children of Zoroastrian women who marry outside the faith are not accepted, and even shunned, in many communities.