Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Mixed Relationships and Mixed Marriages in America
People in America view mixed relationships and mixed marriages with disdain pleasure. I don’t know why when a black woman dates a Hispanic man, a black man dates a Canadian woman, or Hawaiian woman marries a Japanese man and a white woman marries a black man, it makes the world uncomfortable. It is up to each individual who they want to settle down with and start a life together. The only true thing that should matter is the strong connection the man and the woman have while dating, married, or in an already established relationship.
As long as the partnership is happy, healthy, filled with trust and most of all respect there shouldn’t be a problem among two people from two different backgrounds to form one union in holy matrimony under God. Certain people will always criticize in a negative way regarding the people in their family as to who they date and who they choose to have as friends. Truth be told, interracial relationships and marriages have been around for centuries throughout slavery and following the abolishment of slavery.
At that time, people from different cultures especially white and black people couldn’t get married particularly in the southern states where mixed relationships or mixed marriages was prohibited. White southern folk who indulged in racial doctrine would believe that the white Aryan blood is being threatened by another culture if a white woman dated a black man or vice versa in the south. Even right now today, there are plenty of people who still have that same mentality.
On a different perspective, teenagers who are involved in interracial relationships should know about their other half’s family, their values, their culture, and way of life. According to contemporaryfamilies.org, one study shows 36% of white Americans, 57% of African-Americans, 56% of Latino Americans, and 57% of Asian Americans have dated interracially.
What people fail to realize is that if two people are in love they should be able to explore their newfound relationship as well as their newfound marriage without scrutiny our shame. A prime example: President Obama is mixed and First Lady Michelle Obama is pure African-American and their bond is surreal. Why judge the interracial couples based on the person they have chosen to spend the rest of their lives with?
I remember when I was a teenager, I was in love with white American women like never before. Although I received mixed views from family, friends, and strangers alike it didn’t stop me from showing love and tender care to the white women I’ve dated. I didn’t care in regards to the negative and positive comments I was receiving because the strong bond and the strong connection the girl and I had was surreal.
Evidently, I don’t see a problem with dating outside the race or marrying outside the race. Everyone believes it is a common enemy to do so. Nevertheless, color doesn’t mean anything as long as the hearts and souls are genuinely pure.