Essay on Interracial Relationships

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Interracial Relationships

Racism is a national epidemic. Racial equality and civil rights reach across societal
boundaries to protect everyones individuality. Although our nation is based on
equality, racism persists and creates numerous societal problems. One increasing problem
facing America under the guise of racism is the topic of interracial relationships.

In 1960 there were about 150,000 interracial
marriages compared with 1.5 million in 1990(IIA).

Being a part of an interracial relationship in our racist society can be very difficult.
There are many reasons for this. I wont try to explain all of them. That would
take forever because everyone is different. Here are some of the main reasons why it is so
hard to pursue an interracial relationship and some suggestions that may help someone
overcome the hardships of interracial relationships.

The media has led society to believe that Black and White relationships are not
acceptable. Almost everywhere there are abstract messages against interracial
relationships. For example, television shows. Almost all of the families in these shows
are racially separated. To name just a few of the "Black" family shows, we have The Cosby
Show, Martin, Family Matters, and The Fresh Price of Bell Air.

Some of the more "White" shows are Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Home Improvement,
and Married With Children. For the most part these shows don't cast roles for couples to
have interracial relationships. Television and the media have been putting ideas about
race into our head for years, and only when we analyze this fact do we realize just how
much television manipulates our perception of what is acceptable to society concerning

Society also plays a role in discouraging interracial relationships. Society I believe
plays the largest role when it comes to problems with interracial relationships. It's
human nature to want to feel accepted, but having an interracial relationship in today's
society can make people feel awkward or unaccepted. For example: If you have a child who
is half-black and half-White he or she may be ridiculed by other children. He or she may
even be called names like "half-breed", or "Zebra." This leads to deep- rooted anger and
confusion on the child's part when he or she is forced to choose which culture to identify
with. Another is what people say, or do in public. People may stare, or think, "What's
that Black man doing with that White woman?" This causes turbulence in a relationships,
and possible separation.

Deciding whom you fall in love with isn't always your choice. It almost seems you have to
fall in love with somebody because they are the same race. Though that can be one reason
for falling in love, there are many others.

There are also many other pressures around us that try to convince us whom to fall in love
with, such as parents and friends.

Parents are an important influence on whom we fall in love with. We would all like to live
up to our parents expectations as far as whom we bring home, but at the same time
we also want to keep the ones we love happy. This is where the trouble starts.

The majority of American parents want their son or daughter to be with people of their own
race. I stumbled into a conversation with a young man about interracial relationships;
particularly those involved with a black woman. He said his mom would "kill" him if he
ever brought home a Black woman to meet his mother. He said his mom would first ask if he
were crazy, then most likely disown him. This shows the seriousness of such a topic.
Parents may not want their children to go out with people of another race for whatever
reasons, but at the same time, the son or daughter might really be in love with the person
they are dating. This is where parents pour on pressure. Do they keep their parents happy,
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