22 Sep How does interracial marriage impact and affect the lives of children?. In addition to this general sentiment, another interesting barometer of race relations has continued to rise: approval of interracial marriage. According to the results of the latest poll, more Americans than ever approve of marriage between blacks and whites, and a firm majority say they would approve of a marriage between. Intimate interracial relationships have long been considered indicative of the social distance between groups, a barometer for gauging race relations. Social distance describes the feelings of similarity and closeness, or dissimilarity and rejection, that members of a group have toward members of some other group.