According to today's Washington Post: Out of every 1,000 married white (non-Hispanic) American men, 3 have black wives, 12 have Asian wives and 22 have Hispanic wives; a total of 37 married to non-whites. For women, it's 7 with black husbands, 4 with Asian husbands and 20 with Hispanic husbands; a total of 30 married to non-whites. That's not a very high percentage, you say? But wait, we're the majority. The law of averages says that even if race were not an issue, we're more likely to marry each other than minorities. Let's look at this from the other side. Out of every 1,000 married black American men, 78 have white wives. For black women the figure is 35. Out of every 1,000 married Asian-American men, 258--one fourth--have white wives. The figure is even higher for Asian-American women: 337. The figures are similar for Latinos: 274 men with white wives, 283 women with white husbands. Note that this study didn't even count interracial marriages in which neither party happens to be white. It also didn't account for the fact that the children of these unions may be labeled "minority" for statistical purposes, but after growing up with ties to two cultures they're much more likely than their parents' generation to be comfortable in a mixed marriage. Their children may end up being labeled "white" and tossed into the other column of figures. Latinos, in particular, are after all Caucasian. A second-generation Mexican-American who speaks unaccented English and does not live in a predominantly Latino neighborhood can only be identified as such if he chooses to--even if both his parents came from Mexico. And his children will have no more interest in being hyphenated than I have in calling myself a third-generation Czech-Amerian. Even Asian-Americans are Melting into the Pot with amazing facility. Their mixed-blood children and grandchildren hang onto bits of the Old Country about the same way I eat knedlyke v zely but can't spell it, have some vague idea who Jan Hus was, and celebrated my 30th birthday in Prague. Blacks and whites, on the other hand, are going quite a bit more slowly. As I have opined on other threads, I believe this racial enmity is a legacy of the Civil War. In all the other countries in the Western Hemisphere except Haiti (hardly a role model), slavery ended peacefully, and today their citizens come in a rainbow of brown. Only in the USA is there a separate black community with its own slang, cuisine, music and social customs. Perhaps this will change now that we are hosting a wave of immigration from Africa. With that one troublesome exception (which I say is our own fault for letting Lincoln lead us into a war) assimilation works. We're all Americans.