Why You Should Be Open to Dating (and Mating) Another Race

Katie Sweeney

A new study from the University of Edinburgh reports that children of parents who are distantly related are taller, smarter, and better educated than those of closely related parents. Senior lecturer and doctor Jim Wilson, alongside a team of colleagues from the university, analyzed 350,000 people’s genomes and life history data. Their conclusions demonstrate that kids of interracial—or, as they are referred to in the study, "distantly related"—couples are taller, with better lung function and stronger cognitive abilities than those of closely related parents. For example, children of first cousins, on average, have 10 months' less schooling than the other kids. Although there are plenty of environmental factors that shape a child’s intelligence level, we think this is a win for interracial couples everywhere. 

Learn more about the topic of interracial dating by reading Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed by Christelyn D. Karazin and Janice Rhoshalle Littlejoh.

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