Besides society influencing parents of mixed couples in the past, society continues to directly put pressure on mixed couples.
“When…Taye Diggs and…Idina Menzel received death threats last year that mentioned their biracial marriage, it served as an unpleasant reminder that mixed-race couples are still confronted by prejudice – sometimes in aggressive forms” (Spencer 132).
The hatred between the two different religions is intense, which makes it extremely difficult for the couple to live even remotely comfortably.
When Ella, an Israeli Jew, introduced her Palestinian Arab boyfriend, Jamil, to her family, he remarked that “If I had walked in with a bomb in my hand, their reaction couldn’t have been worse” (Chen 34).
Inter-religious relationships can be even harder to maintain because of pressure from society.
When a Sunni Muslim and a Shiite Muslim married, “Terrorists, most likely from Al Qaeda, destroyed the Shiites’ Askariya Mosque in Samarra, and Shia militants responded by attacking dozens of Sunni mosques, including two in the local neighborhood of Adhamiya” (Dehghanpisheh, Nordland, and Hastings 24).
It is understandable to see why a black parent would be uneasy about their daughter dating a white male when they grew up in an era where they were put down by white people.
It will take time before hard times are forgotten and mixed couples can gain immediate support from their families.