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’More Trouble Than the Good Lord Ever Intended’: Representations of Interracial Marriage in U.S. News Magazines

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, Volume 14, Issue 1 (2013)


Blacks, critical race theory, interracial marriage, magazines, Whites


This study critically examines, through discourse analysis, news stories regarding Black/White interracial marriage in the broad-reach magazines Newsweek and Time, and in the Black-targeted magazines Ebony and JET. Findings showed that in their attempts to dissect the reasons for the existence and increase of interracial marriages, stories primarily conveyed negative undertones. Under the framework of critical race theory, the rejection of intimate Black/White relationships can be viewed as an indicator of subtle racism.