Cultural and Ethics Studies Essay Paper on Interracial Marriages

Interracial Marriages

            The mingling of persons from different races was prohibited in most of the states in America after the abolition of slavery, and this was based on the mantra of being equal but separate. This therefore, made the interracial marriages impossible. Marriage to persons of a different race was not only frowned at by the society, but was outright illegal in some states. The phenomenon of interracial marriages came into being after the abolition of the segregation laws in 1967.

            The abolition of the segregation laws is a relatively recent happening, and that makes the mixing of races in terms of marriages to be concentrated majorly among the young Americans. The older persons were either so ingrained in the system of segregation or grew up in it that it is hard for them to accept the concept of interracial marriages. This is why Kristof  (1) claims that the young Americans are falling in love with persons of other races instead of preying on them, as was the case with the earlier generations. In accordance, with history, the southerners are still a bit more inclined towards racist tendencies compared to the rest of Americans. This makes them frown on interracial marriages, even though they are not openly against them. 

            In American institutions of higher learning, there are many interracial couples that are found majorly consisting of whites and blacks dating each other. This is even the case in the University of Mississippi, once the venue of racial confrontation. In this campus, whites and blacks can be seen sauntering together as couples (Kristof 1). The learning institutions are places that allow persons from different cultures to meet and interact as they pursue education. This grants them the opportunity to know each other and possibly fall in love with persons of different cultures, and in this case, race. The races involved do not include only the blacks and the whites, but also the Asians and Hispanics as well. Intermarriages account for 6% of the black community while up to 40% of  Asian Americans marry outside their race. 

             As at 2002, there were 1.5 mixed race marriages, and they were expected to double with the passing of the decade. A further survey, notes Kristof (1), found that 40 percent of Americans have dated a person from a different race at one time in their lives. For a country that has been etched in deep racial divisions for a long time, this is seen as progress towards racial integration and peaceful coexistence. The increased number in mixed-race marriages is a testament to the shift in attitudes of persons, and the positive progress towards bridging the gap that exists between the races in terms of culture and economic might.

            The differences between the races in terms of color represent insignificant differences in the genetic make-up of persons, as was discovered by scientists doing research on the human genome. The differences occurred in the last 100,000 years, which is very small time compared to the duration taken by human evolution. It is possible for persons within the same race to have more genetic differences compared to persons from different races. This therefore, proves that the basis on which sections of humans have held themselves different from the rest have actually no biological basis (Kristof 2). 

Works Cited

Kristof, Nicholas D. ‘Love And Race’. The New York Times 2002 : n. page. Print.