Because of the term's historical use in contexts that typically implied disapproval, more unambiguously neutral terms such as interracial, interethnic, or cross-cultural are more common in contemporary usage.

The term miscegenation has been used since the 19th century to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations, In the present day, the word miscegenation is avoided by many scholars, because the term suggests a concrete biological phenomenon, rather than a categorization imposed on certain relationships.

Whiteness is still the default, whether or not you are actually white.

Last year my roommate Nola, who is in a happy and healthy relationship, asked me to help her create a fake online dating profile. And so, with the blessing of her boyfriend, Nola (a black woman) and myself (a brown woman) set out to create a fake profile for America’s most average white woman–just to see what kind of responses she’d get.

While she’d heard plenty of horror stories involving OKCupid, she was curious to experience the hell that is online dating for herself.

“Not just contact in terms of a coworker in the cubicle next to me, but meaningful friendships,” Brooks explained.

“I would definitely say that having a physical conversation with others who are different, or even others who are the same is definitely important for reducing [‘color-blind’ racial ideologies].” Brooks added, “Constantly addressing, challenging, and re-examining the way that we feel about folks who are different than us is an ongoing process.” But it’s an ongoing process that no doubt pays off when it comes to interpersonal compassion and relationships.

Men who endorse “multiculturalism,” however, tend to be more attracted to women of another race compared to men who don’t endorse multiculturalism.

Before we get into the study, let’s talk “color-blindness.” People who endorse a “color-blind” ideology claim to not “see” race.

It’s easy to disregard racial realities when you live in a society that casts whiteness as the default, and you’re white.

There’s no fallout when you sideline or “other” races romantically because, well, they’re the Other!

), more than 80% of non-black men show racial bias against black women.

Notably, the researchers did find one factor that cut down on the tendency to endorse “color-blindness”—actual interaction with people of different races.

Despite our attempts to make her as unremarkable as possible, our girl turned out to be immensely popular, receiving a steady slew of messages from men of all races. As an actual human who was legitimately looking for romance on OKC, her popularity bummed me out.