featuring an interracial relationship between its main characters is a major deal, and it reflects the changing views towards race and romance held by Americans.
Interracial dating is considered more acceptable and mainstream than ever, and a 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 43 percent of all Americans believed the rise in interracial marriages had been a good thing for society.
A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.
"The rise in interracial marriage indicates that race relations have improved over the past quarter century," said Daniel Lichter, a sociology professor at Cornell University.
A recent study of profiles submitted to the online dating website showed, for example, that whites are more open to dating Hispanics and Asians than blacks are.
And younger clients are more willing to date outside their race than older clients. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that one in seven new marriages in 2008 was either interracial or between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic—unions encompassed by the term "intermarriages." This is double the percentage of intermarriages in 1980, but still relatively low.
The participants overall showed high levels of acceptance and low levels of disgust about interracial relationships, and pointed to a strong negative correlation between the two.
Television has already showcased several interracial couples, like Olivia and Fitz on It's even better that the actor playing Maddy is Stenberg, who's been a strong voice when it comes to race and representation for several years now and has become something of a teen role model.
While racial discrimination is still evident, the boundaries separating the major ethnic and racial groups have become more porous.
A recent survey found that young Americans ages 18 to 29 have nearly universal acceptance of interracial dating and marriage within their own families.
"But America still has a long way to go." The figures come from previous censuses as well as the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, which surveys 3 million households annually.
The figures for "white" refer to those whites who are not of Hispanic ethnicity.