There was a kind of possessiveness to it, a feeling that we both wanted to be each other’s go-to person, even if we weren’t together.We both dated other people during those three years, but he was still my first phone call when my grandfather had a stroke, and when I got my first job offer.That’s six times the amount of whites who included blacks in theirs.
The percentage of Americans who say they have at least one close friend of another race has risen from 9 percent to 15 percent, according to the General Social Survey, which the researchers behind “Social Isolation in America” used for their study.
Nearly 1,500 people were questioned about the individuals with whom they’d recently discussed serious concerns.
But even in diverse settings, interracial friendships tend to be the exception rather than the rule. Census Bureau collect data on interracial marriage, there’s no definitive way to determine how common interracial friendships are.
Racial stereotypes and prejudice inevitably color how different racial groups perceive each other, resulting in divisions that pose challenges to potential cross-cultural friendships. Simply asking people if they have a friend of a different race has also proven to be ineffective given that the public is likely to include mere acquaintances as friends in an effort to appear well-rounded and open-minded.
Those featured in the wedding party photos were of black, white and Asian origin or what Berry classified as “other” race.
To say that Berry’s results were eye-opening would be an understatement.
Accordingly in 2006, demographer Brent Berry set out to discover how common interracial friendships are by examining more than 1,000 photographs of wedding parties.
Berry reasoned that people typically include their closest friends in wedding parties, leaving little doubt that the members of such parties would be true friends of the bride and groom.
Researchers then asked participants to describe the race, gender, educational background and other characteristics of their confidants.