2017 has been an interesting year, to say the least. Conversations on race, nationality, and class have all permeated beyond universities and into the public sphere of discussion. The rise of the alt-right, the massive research conducted on Generation Z, and the concentration on race relations by the far left have all been on the center stage this year. And, as 2018 is right around the corner, it doesn’t seem that these socio-cultural issues are going to end anytime soon. 

In the United States, the federal government lifted bans on interracial marriage in 1967 with the historic Loving v. Virginia ruling. This resulted in a dramatic increase of interracial marriages from 2% of all married couples in 1970 to 8.4% in 2010. This figure fits with the Pew Research statistic stating that, as of 2012, more than 17% of the black American population married someone whose race was different than their own, contrasted with 9.4% of white Americans. 

In a video published by the YouTube channel CHRIS & MADS, a channel focused on vlogging, a young white girl can be seen giving her black boyfriend a new car as a surprise. The video received a massive negative response, with the dislike-to-like ratio being almost 5 to 1. 

The “Overton Window” mentioned in the above tweet is a reference to the ideological range of tolerable ideas. These ideas are generated on the basis of a society’s collective experience. The Overton Window is, however, not immune to paradigm shifts. Significant changes in what is considered to be ideologically acceptable have occurred several times in history. Whereas the act of cannibalism is considered to be perfectly acceptable in certain African communities, partaking of human flesh is generally considered to be an unthinkable idea by most contemporary Americans. Such is the subjective nature of the Overton Window. 

Some comments on the above tweet mention the Overton Window as well, with one user joking about shifting the Overton Window so that “fascism is reasonable.” 

Society is slowly drifting away from the era of multiracial celebration ushered in by the bloody 20th century. In 2017 alone, Google Trends shows that the search phrase “race mixing” is tremendously popular in the United States, and that is related to the following phrases: 

  • “Breed – Organism classification rank” 
  • “Adolf Hitler – Topic” 
  • “Truth- Topic” 
  • “Communism – political ideology”

Evidently, a large amount of American internet users associate together both the concepts of “race mixing” and “Communism.” This is not a formal poll of the United States’ attitude towards interracial relationships as whole, but it is interesting to see how negative America’s internet responds to the idea of interracial relationships. 

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