As Americans navigate increasingly crowded lives, the number of things they say they can’t live without has multiplied in the past decade.
The idea that each generation of children will grow up to be better off than the one that preceded it has always been a part of the American dream.
These edicts represent the collective judgment of the American public when asked to assess the moral dimensions of different kinds of behaviors.
That degree of familiarity with — and proximity to — interracial marriage is the latest milestone in what has been a sweeping change in behaviors and attitudes concerning interracial relationships over the past several decades.
Some of us are happier than others, and this variance helps to paint a portrait of the kind of people Americans are. It also casts doubt on some of the famous wisdom on the subject.