When Krishana began dating the man of her dreams, she barely noticed the contrast in the colors of their skin. “For me, it’s important that a person has a good heart,” says Krishana, a black woman, about meeting her husband West Vettraino, a white man from Smithville, TN. Recently, the two started dating just as civil unrest erupted across the nation due to ris- ing racial tensions. Although she had the support of her parents, she was unsure how the rest of her family would feel. “I was worried about their reactions and what they would say.” According to the Pew Research Center, one in five new marriages is now interracial.