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According to the Census Bureau, the number of interracial marriages rose from 300,000 in 1970 to 1.2 million in 1990. The percentage of African American marriages involving a white spouse more than tripled between 1960 and 1990. Furthermore, 65 percent of Japanese Americans marry outside of their race and 75 percent of Native Americans marry someone of a different ethnic background. The incidence of interracial dating among American youth has increased even more dramatically. According to some recent studies, as many as 57 percent of teenagers have dated someone outside of their race. An additional 30 percent have indicated that they would consider dating outside of their race. Perhaps all this interracial romance is a step toward eliminating racial hatred. Given that one outcome of these unions is interracial children, races are increasingly blending. As it becomes more difficult to stick people into categories, judging people according to labels and stereotypes becomes more difficult. Maybe a day will come where it is blatantly clear to everyone that racism makes no sense.