Interracial Relationships: Still deemed inappropriate?

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The question of the day: Are interracial relationships still deemed inappropriate in society?

-lets confine it to American society.

Well according to the book “Inappropriate Relationships: The Unconventional, the Disapproved & the Forbidden” by Robin Goodwin, {published in 2002, so eight years ago which is roughly current} “Interracial relationships. . . interethnic relationships are. . . “inappropriate” in America”.  ‘Nevertheless, the negative impact of societal disapproval on intermarriage seems to be magnified within interracial relationships ‘
In this book they look at the “historical and contemporary circumstances that have allowed “old-fashioned” and “modern”alike (see Dovidio & Gaertner, 1991) to deem interracial dating and marital relationships—especially Black—White dating and marital relationships—as “inappropriate.” Specifically, we examine the processes by which stigmatization (i.e., the marking of individuals as inferior by virtue of their membership in socially devalued groups; Goffman, 1963) simultaneously affect nonstigmatized and stigmatized individuals alike. We focus primarily on the United States, partly because virtually all of the published research on interethnic marriage is based on U. S. samples (especially U. S. census sample data; e.g., Blackwell & Lichter, 2000; Crowder & Tolnay, 2000; Hwang, Saenz, & Aguirre, 1997; Lee & Fernandez, 1998), and partly because Black—White intermarriage rates in the United States are among the lowest for all Western nations (Pettigrew, 1988). Furthermore, we focus primarily on Black—White romantic relationships, partly because the Black—White dichotomy underlies most of the race-based empirical studies on stigmatization (see Jones et al., 1984), and partly because most of the published research on interethnic marriages has dealt specifically with Black—White marriages (Blackwell & Lichter, 2000) 
 
WHO SAYS THAT INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS
ARE “INAPPROPRIATE”?
 
-Of course we must look at history to find  answers-
 
The United States Congress never explicitly outlawed miscegenation. Nevertheless, 37 of the 50 states had antimiscegenation laws at some time, 22 of the 37 states with antimiscegenation laws focused solely on Black—White marriage, and 29 of the states had antimiscegenation laws throughout most of their history.
 The legacy of antimiscegenation laws helped solidify antimiscegenation attitudes among White Americans. It was only after state antimiscegenation laws were abolished within a larger environment that fostered tremendous social change, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the liberalization of immigration laws, that antimiscegenation attitudes began to change (Lee & Fernandez, 2000). For example, in 1970 (a few years after the aforementioned Loving v. Virginia decision), 52% of White Americans supported antimiscegenation laws; by 1990 , only 23% of White Americans supported antimiscegenation laws (Tucker & Mitchell-Kernan, 1995). We hasten to add that the lack of support for antimiscegenation laws does not necessarily reflect tolerance for interracial marriage; in 1991, 66% of White Americans said that they would oppose marriage between their close relatives and Black Americans (Pinkney, 1993).
American society is patriarchal, and “father figures” disproportionately are personified by White males. By and large, White males in the United States have shaped the prism through which interracial romance is viewed. For instance, White male—Black female romantic relationships generally have been deemed as less “inappropriate” than have Black male—White female relationships (Gaines & Ickes, 1997). When a White male dates or marries a Black female, no fundamental change in power within the American social structure is perceived as taking place. In contrast, when a White female dates or marries a Black male, the Black male often is perceived asattaining higher social status (i.e., the White woman is viewed as the Black man’s “prize,” stolen from the more deserving White man).
In contrast, most persons of color do not say that interracial marriage is inappropriate. Even among Black Americans, who are less likely to marry across racial boundaries, Furthermore, at no time in the history of the United States has a majority of Black Americans supported state antimiscegenation laws (National Research Council, 1989).
 

Who says they Interracial Relationships are Appropriate

 
This is an excerpt of Slim Thugs Interview with Vibe, quite controversial:
 
 “My girl is Black and White. I guess the half White in her is where she still cooks and do all the sh*t that I say, so we make it. She just takes care of me and I like that. She don’t be begging and I don’t gotta buy her all this crazy a** sh*t…White women treat they man like a king and Black women feel like they ain’t gotta do that sh*t. Black women need to stand by their man more. Don’t always put the pressure of if I’m f*cking with you, you gotta buy me this and that. Black men are the ones that motherf*ckers need [but] I think a lot of them need to step it up too. A Black man who gets a little bread will go make it rain in the club and be broke the next day or instead of him going to invest in a business he gonna go buy new jewelry or a new car and still live in the hood. Black peoples’ mentality is real f*cked up in general [and] it’s affecting everything…Black women need to be more genuine and be more 50/50 [but] It should be a fair exchange in a relationship period or eventually somebody is gonna feel like they’re getting f*cked over whether it’s the woman or the man. I think that will help Black relationships out a lot.” (VIBE)
———————>Not a well versed opinion but none-the-less, an opinion, here’s research <—————- 
 
 

 

The Pew Research Center’s recent report on racial attitudes in the U.S., finds that an overwhelming majority of Millennials, regardless of race, say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to someone of a different racial or ethnic group. Asked about particular groups to which they do not belong, Millennials are about equally accepting of marriage to someone in any of the groups tested: Roughly nine-in-ten say they would be fine with a family member’s marriage to an African American (88%), a Hispanic American (91%), an Asian American (93%) or a white American (92%).

WHAT MAKES INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS
“INAPPROPRIATE”?

More than any other type of social contact that crosses the “color line,” interracial marriage symbolizes social equality among the races (Fang, Sidanius, & Pratto, 1998; Hwang et al., 1997
Without a doubt, American society maintains a taboo against interracial marriage. This taboo is evident in popular culture. Just as antimiscegenation laws guided most of the United States at one point, so too did the Hays Office Code, which prohibited implicit or explicit depictions of miscegenation in motion pictures, guide Hollywood prior to World War II (Guerrero, 1993). Even in the years during and after the Civil Rights Era, the American motion picture industry rarely has dealt with Black—White romance—and in those few exceptions, Black—White romance has been depicted either as marriage without sex (e.g., Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner ? in 1967) or as sex without marriage (e.g., Jungle Fever in 1991; see Gates, 1991).
 
I could care less about interracial relationships, who ever I fall for, will be my partner. But, he reality maintains that interracial dating is a taboo for certain cultures and races. Through times, opinions become more lax. My issue is choosing someone just because of their skin color. Such as Slim Thugs opinion
 
 
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