Is this the new face of modern discrimination or plain old racism?
Do interracial couples stand out among the crowd? Chances are that you take notice of an interracial couple more often than you would a same-race couple. Why is this? Is it because they look beautiful together or are you among those people that would brand them “Judas᾿?
The other day I watched a feature on TV about an Indian lady who was pregnant by a black man and took him home to "meet the parents". I don’t think you want me to narrate the chaos that ensued the words “Mum, Dad, this is my boyfriend.᾿ The Indian family suffered some form of temporary insanity… name calling, crying etc.. I even caught sight of this woman's uncle showing the middle finger at the proud father to be. The meeting turned into a total mess!
Most of us see racism as a political terminology… something that was coined during the era of slavery. So, when parents discriminate or forbid you to marry or date someone of a different race, does this mean that the political ideology of racism has spilled over to relationships and family issues.
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Lets re-evaluate how open-minded and tolerant we think we are about interracial relationships. The most accepting individual notices an interracial couple in a crowd and their image lingers on our minds. Has racism taken on a restrained form, hiding behind the walls of our so-called progression of acceptance?
Most people like to identify with people who are like them. And when you bring home your fiancé who is “different᾿ in terms of race and culture, the parents tend to cringe. Take the case of this Indian lady: the parents already had a "nice" Indian man from a close family for her, it was all arranged when she was about 3 and that was how it was supposed to be then in walks “someone different!᾿ And suddenly, the chaos begin.
Should we see this as some form of racism? Is this an odd form of discrimination or are the parents just worried for their children’s welfare? And what about those name-calling, finger-pointing strangers you meet on the streets?
Even those in interracial relationships tend to notice other interracial couples because their presence serves as a form of social acceptance. “Hon, at least we are not alone.᾿ Does this mean we are involuntarily bringing out this residual racist attitude through the constant recognition of other interracial couples?
Much as we are more accepting and open-minded today in comparison to the 60s when interracial unions were illegal, our liberal and progressive views still bear residual intolerance and racial biases. Who would think that in this progressive society we call a melting pot, racism could be so prevalent, in such hidden and silently destructive ways? Do we still hold the past generation's views of mixed-race relationships being taboo? Take for example the pointing out of interracial couples from miles away. Isn’t this fueled by racism?
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