*According to the latest data from the Census Bureau, Blacks are now three times more likely to marry whites than they were in 1980.

In fact, the report says 14.4 percent of Black men and 6.5 percent of Black women are currently involved in interracial (not necessarily involving whites) marriages.

Overall, about 8 percent of U.S. marriages are mixed race – up from 7 percent in 2000. But the tripling means that Black-white marriages rose from 0.3 percent in 1980 to about 1 percent in 2008.

While African Americans are more likely to marry whites, marital unions involving whites with Hispanics and Asian Americans have slowed.

For example, interracial marriages have risen by 20 percent since 2000 compared to a 65 percent rise between 1990 and 2000. Interestingly, between 2000 and 2008, the historically racist state of Mississippi had the fastest growth in mixed marriages.

However, the state still ranks second to last in the overall number of mixed marriages. The complete study results are available online at http://www.census.gov. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net).