Earlier this month I posted a link to Kevin's discussion on the rise of interracial marriage in the US. Here's a Salon article on the same subject.
I tend to agree with this writer on most points. She mentioned the three positions taken by African Americans surveyed: approval of black-white relationships, disapproval, and the belief that people should marry whomever they please and that their choice is nobody's business but their own. I'm solidly in the third camp. Legislation didn't succeed in keeping the races from mingling intimately, and guilt and parental pressure won't succeed either. Erect a taboo and there will always be people who revel in breaking it. I like to think that western society is evolving beyond segregation in any form.
Don't know why I find this discussion so fascinating - maybe because I live in a truly multicultural society and find the racial tensions in the US and elsewhere somewhat startling. It's not that there aren't tensions and prejudices here, but like I've mentioned before, it's a question of degree.