This study uses a sample of college students (N = ) at four American and one Canadian university to examine attitudes toward interracial relationships. Race, Class, Gender, and Perceptions of Parental Views Download PDF PDF download for Attitudes Toward Interracial Relationships Among College Students . The study examines the dilemmas communicated by White students as they addressed issues of whiteness raised in an undergraduate interracial communication course. Data included semester-long in-class observation, three focus groups of White students from the class, and student documents. Communication patterns. Analyzing each of these five factors, Ramu () noted the importance of social class in mate selection, particularly for the upper class. Interracial marriages are not common among the American upper class, whose members have been racially stratified by their wealth, with the resulting tendency to socialize with “ their own.