The Civil Writer Magazine Dr. King on the David Susskind’s show in June 1963 said “the Negro wants to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.” But "oh" how wrong he was. In 1967, when miscegenation laws were overturned in the United States, 3% of all newlyweds were married to someone of a different race or ethnicity. Since then, intermarriage rates have steadily climbed. By 1980, the share of intermarried newlyweds had about doubled to 7%. And by 2015 the number had risen to 17%.

Sharp increases in interracial marriage and, concomitantly, support for that institution in recent decades show that race relations in the United States have made almost unfathomable progress since Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. A part of that dream is whites are becoming more acceptable to this new relationship. It is not that there is a new Negro but a new "content of white character.”

In 2017, the Pew Research Center reported

that Americans are five times more likely to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity than in 1967. The rate of opposition by non-blacks to the possibility of a close relative marrying someone black has decreased from 63 percent in 1990 to only 14 percent in 2016. That amounts to a decline of 78 percent.