As an African-American woman who has been twice married, first to a fellow African-American and currently to a Caucasian man, I found the question as to whether there are pros and cons to interracial marriage an interesting one.Having experienced both a same race and an interracial marriage I would guess that my perspective may be somewhat more balanced than many.So there is a disparity between the high approval rate and relatively low numbers of interracial couples who end up tying the knot.
For example Asian American females are 2.5 times more likely to marry a white American than an Asian American male.
Therefore, in the process of choosing Husband #2, factors such as his willingness to stick to a budget, openly share his thoughts and feelings on a regular basis and a firm commitment to marital fidelity were much more important to me than the color of his skin.
I was single for twelve years between my first and second marriages and in that time dated men from a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including an African-American computer programmer, a Caucasian correctional officer, a Japanese doctor, a Hispanic graduate student, and an East Indian college professor just to name a few.
What I ultimately found was that similarities in intelligence level, personal values, and goals and interests were far better predictors of compatibility than race could ever hope to be.
However, as I examine my current relationship I believe that there may, in fact be some definite advantages and disadvantages to interracial pairing.