Commentary on Interracial Marriage

It’s ironic how interracial marriages were considered to be taboo about 50 years ago, yet they’re more common now in today’s society. In the United States of America, there are a multitude of interracial couples that go beyond black/white relationships. Considering that the U.S. has been defined as a ”melting pot” for many years now, it should not come to a surprise to see a married couple consisting of a Caucasian male and a Korean woman walking hand-in-hand in a local mall. If interracial marriages are on the verge of being the ”norm” in the U.S., is this to say that everyone has accepted the joined union of two people of opposite races? I think the answer is no, but people who are against interracial marriages have learned to tolerate it to a certain degree.

In reality, there are definitely pros and cons about being in an interracial marriage. One of the pros is the fact that an individual gets the opportunity to be in a satisfying relationship with someone that they love. Occasionally, family members or friends may not be too supportive of an interracial marriage. I witnessed this first-hand two years ago at my cousin’s wedding reception. At his wedding reception, I was sitting at the same table as my grandfather and step-grandmother. While we were eating and talking, she had made some rude comments about my cousin being a ”sell-out” because he was black man marrying a white woman. Then she continued to ramble on about how she believes that black women deserve the ”good life” that successful black men can provide for them, not white women. The irony of this situation is the fact that my step-grandmother is a fair-skinned black woman who could easily pass for being bi-racial.

When a couple is sure that they want to proceed with having an interracial marriage, they have to accept that they will encounter people like my step-grandmother throughout their life. Thankfully, the days of people being involved in interracial marriages being terrorized or killed are far behind us. Unlike gay marriages, interracial marriages are not prohibited in any of the 50 states of the U.S. the last time I checked. If we are in fact a country that bases our values and beliefs on Christianity, then it is evident that interracial marriage is not morally evil. Overall, I believe that modern America has warmed up to the idea of interracial marriage, considering that is shown steadily on television and film.