Age and Education- The Great Equalizer in Interracial Relationships

Authored by: Parris BurtonMarriage is a marathon not a sprint. Couples often have to compromise to make things work. Before walking down the isle there should be no doubting your decision, and you should ask yourself can I see this person at my side until the Good Lord takes me home. Interracial relationships pose different cultural barriers to overcome in order to make it to the end. Statistically interracial marriages are more likely to end in divorce than black male/black female or white male/white female with exception of white male/black female. Lasting stability in interracial marriages comes from higher education and the age in which a couple marries. As education goes up, divorce is less likely. The younger the couple when the marriage takes place the more likely the couple gets divorced.Patricia and I are a prime example of the statistics. Although we have navigated many cultural differences we walked down the isle later in life and we are both educated. I believe our age when married and education helped us to maturely tackle issues that young couples have trouble with.I think promotion of interracial marriage can help with the divorce rate. Be a mentor to a young interracial couple and let them know you are available if they need advise. 

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