It should be stressed that black-white marriages remain remarkably rare—fewer than one percent of the total.In 1998, when 330,000 black-white couples were married, 55,305,000 couples were married overall.In the controversy that ensued, no nationally prominent figures defended Bob Jones's policy.Public opinion not only forced Bush to distance himself from Bob Jones but also prompted the notoriously stubborn and reactionary administration of that institution to drop its ban.They were frequently veterans of divorce, embarking on second or third marriages.In recent years, however, couples in mixed marriages seem to be marrying younger than their pioneering predecessors and seem more inclined to have children and to pursue all the other "normal" activities that married life offers.
Successful, high-profile interracial couples include the white William Cohen (a former senator from Maine and the Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton) and the black Janet Langhart; and the white Wendy Raines and the black Franklin Raines (he is a former director of the Office of Management and Budget and the CEO of Fannie Mae).And black-white marriages are not only becoming more numerous.Previously, the new couples in mixed marriages tended to be older than other brides and grooms.Americans are already what racial purists have long feared: a people characterized by a great deal of racial admixture, or what many in the past referred to distastefully as "mongrelization." In pigmentation, width of noses, breadth of lips, texture of hair, and other telltale signs, the faces and bodies of millions of Americans bear witness to interracial sexual encounters. These different kinds of interracial intimacy and sexual depredation all reached their peak in the United States during the age of slavery, and following the Civil War they decreased markedly. Others contained elements of both choice and coercion.