Interracial Relations and Marriages


Thesis statement,: The United States has witnessed a considerable social and
cultural desegregation of Black and Caucasian Americans. However, despite years
of desegregation, racial and cultural differences still exist. I show these
differences still exist in the institution of marriage. 1. Americans have been
and are continually moving slowly away from segregation. A. Since the 1960's
Blacks have been allowed to move into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods. B.
Integration on campuses is now more apparent then ever before. 1. Students
cat together. 2. Students study together, C. Black and Caucasian
issues have converged. 11, notwithstanding these examples of desegregation,
there are still signs, most clearly is apparent in the institution of marriage
between Black and Caucasians.

Ill. One of the major barrier.-, of interracial marriages lies in the family
of the couples. A. Louis, a Caucasian women, and Chuck, a Black man, were
married in 1960. 1 . They have no prejudice about each other.

2@ Both have mixed group of friends.

3, They had problems with family. a) Louis mother had asked her why
she could not marry her own kind. b) This conflict finally caused the ties
between mother and daughter to break.

B. Mama, a Caucasian Jewish, married a Black.

I . None of her family members attended her wedding except her mother.

2. Her father told her that he could not believe that she married a Black.

Nevertheless, she survived her family disapproval.

IV. An unlikely source of problems for interracial married couples comes
from religion. A. The majority of interracial married couples involved in
Christian churches before marriage discontinue church membership and attendance
after marriage. B. Couples search for churches that are like home. C.
They are met with resistance from religious people who have been reported to
have said that if their children married a Black person, they would kill them. D.
Every couple has their own crisis, but for some, the church officials
who are against divorce will turn around and recommend a separation.... because
the couple are a Black and a Caucasian. V. These churches need to face a
growing phenomenon. 1. In the Old Testament, God strongly opposes
intermarriage. a) Ezra and Nehemiah challenge the people to repent over
intermarriage. They describe it as Israel's most sinful offense. 2. A closer
look at the passage reveals something else. a) Opposition to intermarriage
arises when people of God marry those who worship a God other then Yahweh-B.
The church must repent not only from bad theology but also for failing to
protest racist laws in the past. VI. The law is equally to blame for the
segregation, by causing tensions. A. Edgar and Jean and had twice stopped by
the police because they were walking hand in hand, but more so, because they
were Black and Caucasian. B. Law that supports the "one drop" theory. vii.
The problems of interracial married couples also extends to their children. A.
The Bronzes had sent their daughter to a pajama party at a Black families place.
When they picked their daughter up the host family was surprised to see that her
father was Caucasian. B. Older children of interracial married parents
also face problems.

1. They have to decided which parents' culture to adopt.

2. They have to decided if they are Black or Caucasian.

With all these problems, what brings these Black and Caucasian people together?

A. Opportunity that an educated partner provides. B. How the partner
perceives the beauty of the other.

C. The ability to communicate.

D. The main reason, love.

ix. It can be seen quite clearly that there are still attitudes that support
segregation. A. It could possibly be true that the only way to make
changes involving segregation, is through marriage.

Interracial Relations: Marriages

The United States has witnessed a considerable amount of social and cultural
desegregation of Blacks and Caucasians. However, despite years of desegregation,
social and cultural differences still exists. These differences still exist in
the institution of marriage. Americans have been and are continually moving
slowly away from segregation. In the past forty years a multitude of changes
have transformed schools, jobs, voting booths, neighborhoods, hotels,
restaurants and even the wedding altar, facilitating tolerance for racial
diversity ( Norman 108 ). Since the 1960's, when housing discrimination was
outlawed, many Blacks moved into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods. The steadily
growing areas in the west and south-west are least segregated, because these
areas never had the entrenched Black and Caucasian sections of town ( "Up For
separatist' 30 ). Even more visible signs of desegregation can be seen in the
areas of education. A study done by the University of Michigan shows that
integration on campuses occur on a regular basis. The racial line are crossed
routinely; about 50% of Blacks and 15% of Caucasians reportedly study together.
Eating patterns also share the same similarities. At