What causes so many people in American society to be quite uncomfortable with the issue of
so-called "interracial" relationships?
With the evolvement of humankind in postmodern society, there is an intelligent realization that there is only ONE race-the human race. With this increasing acceptance, there is a higher percentage of "interracial" relationships which include marriage.However, there are people who are aghast regarding the issue of "interracial" marriage. Such people view "interracial" relationships, particularly "interracial" marriage as a threat to the so-called "preordained" order of things. They believe that the "races" should remain separate.
Its simply, its what we are taught. Just like everything else we know in life. Its because someone taught us that. For some reason, someone decided that love wasn't enough. You had to love your own. Maybe because even though, slavery is a thing of the past, people still look down upon them. Maybe because its different, and people don't want to except difference and change. Whatever the reason, most people are taught to know the difference. Instead of accepting it as what it is, two people falling in love.
i persanlly dont know many people with this mindset. i have no doubt there are many that still feel this way, however the few that would actually admit has got to be in the minority. the reason they feel uncomfortable with it , is because they're racist. my favorite line from people like this. "i'm not racist but...." followed by the most racist comment.
As a person who is married into a "interracial" marriage, I had to fight to get to where I am today. I had to tell my family that I am going to marry the man I love because of how I much I love him, care for him, how he makes me feel, and despite them knowing truly what I was saying: how much we were alike. It was a hard thing, but we got to it. The thing is: these people just did not know enough information about the other person in order not to be afraid of this in coming culture and race. It took lots of talk to educate them on their own fear and how to accept the other person. The second thing is that they were afraid of what other people would say about our children who were "interracial." Well, the number of "interracial/mixed" children are growing. There is a reason for this. Like you mentioned above, there is "only ONE race-the human race."
The greatest fear of most people is the possible losing of their identities by joining the ranks of the hybrids in our society. For some reason people consider their own particular "race" as more special than the others, so they fear losing that identity to history.
Personally i think interracial marriages are the best thing to happen to the human race. When all races are combined into one, there will be no more fighting based on race, or nationality. Wouldn't that be a wonderful society to live in?
However, this is only a dream for a more peaceful society. When we get to know people of other races, there is less apprehension when they co-mingle, and have children together.
The children of interracial couples may have a more difficult time in "fitting in" to either of the races their parents belong to. But when they grow to adulthood they realize that those fears are really unimportant.
So, the best way for society to overcome this uncomfortableness is to learn to accept others who are different from them as equal in all respects. And then passing the pride of being part of such a beautiful diverse society down to their children.
As you state: we are all part of the human race and as such we are all equal, and all beautiful inside and out. And the insane judging of others, for ANY reason, must be overcome for any kind of peace on this planet
I think people are uncomfortable because they did not grow up around it and were not taught that "race doesn't matter." Personally, I could care less - as long as the two people are happy -have at it and enjoy. I think this world is accustomed to the "separate but equal" syndrome and the "don't ask don't tell" or in this case I should say "don't ask don't show" syndrome. As long as people don't see it they don't know it's going on. But, the minute you step outside into the world - the "secret is out" and people don't understand what they are not used to. I think one day it will be acceptable by the majority - I cannot promise it will be before I die - but one day. Until we can get to the point where each race accepts the people within their race, then we can't learn to accept those outside of our race - unfortunately.
We need to start teaching our children when they are 2 and 3 years old that the rainbow is no longer ROYGBIV - red orange yellow green blue indgio and violet - we need to teach them that the rainbow is PEOPLE! - Nice question - keep hubbing!
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