For one, black women are much more likely than their male counterparts to obtain college degrees.

They're also less likely to marry outside of their race, which can leave them with fewer choices when it comes to matching up with someone of a similar educational status.

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And more than 15% were “intermarriages” – marriages between people who don’t identify as the same racial or ethnic group, up from 6.7% in 1980.

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In 1970, only 37 percent of college-educated men had a spouse with a similar level of education.

In 2007 that figure was more than 70 percent, according to data from Pew Research.

They lived in Virginia, one of the states that still banned “miscegenation” – the derogatory term used to describe interracial coupling – so they needed to travel to the District of Columbia to be officially recognized as a couple.

They were married in “Whiteness.” Although the couple initially pled guilty, they later decided to dispute the law, and took their fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Bryant Marks, an associate professor at Morehouse College, suggests that looking at educational attainment doesn’t tell the entire story.

According to Marks, even without a college degree, there are more black men who earn salaries of over 0,000 than black women who earn such salaries, which helps bridge the gap.

That’s bad news for those who aren’t able to participate in such forms of advancement at the same rate as other races, especially because educational and wealth gains can be passed down to the next generation, which then helps families solidify their economic standing—a feat that has already proven more difficult for black families.

Jeter, a Black and Native American woman, and Loving, a White man, fell in love and decided to get married.

“Income is not a guarantee, it gives you a leg up for sure but the education trumps that, education is critical,” he says.