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Interracial Marriages in the USA


Interracial MarriagesWhile it might seem implausible today, but not until very long ago it was illegal to marry someone from a different race in the United States. Only on June 12, 1967 in the landmark case Loving vs. Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional. As the court stated, “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not to marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.” With that ruling, many people were finally free to marry whomever they wanted—no matter their race and ethnic background—with no fear of being legally prosecuted for their actions.

19MIXEDRACE1113Anti-miscegenation laws were adopted in the United States since 1660s—first in Virginia and Maryland and later in all the original thirteen states—to prohibit people from entering into interracial (i.e. between white and non-white people, mostly blacks, but sometimes Native Americans and Asians) marriages, sex, and cohabitation. As a trial judge in Lovings vs. Virginia case asserted, “Almighty God created the races of White, Black, Yellow, Malay, and Red… and He placed them on separate continents…And but for the interference with His arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages…The fact that He separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” As such, the sentiment against interracial marriage ran deep within the American population, especially in the South. For example, in 1958 Gallup polls as many as 96 percent of white Americans were against interracial marriage. However, starting in the 1960s this attitude started to change and today we have a society in which interracial marriages are no longer taboos.

interracial-marriageAccording to 2010 census, almost 15 percent of marriages in the United States were interracial. There are many configurations of interracial marriages in the country, some of which are more prevalent and some are less so. For example, 9.4 percent of whites, 17.1 percent of blacks, 25.7 percent of Hispanics and 27.7 percent of Asian
s married someone outside their race. Some of the combinations are more prevalent while others are rarer (for example, white male/asian or black female are much more prevalent than asian male/black female). In any case, given the melting pot which the United States is made of, it is not surprising that interracial marriages are on the rise.

Aarathi3.jpgInterracial marriage is still a hot topic for many people. Whether you are pro- or against them, there is a good chance that you will encounter different races’ couple in the course of your life. No matter what one’s beliefs are, one needs to be respectful and treat interracial couples no different from others. Today, when the boundaries between ethnicities and races become more and more obsolete, one can envision a future where race and nationality do not play a role at all. In The Time Will Come That Everyone On Earth Will Be A Shade Of “Beautiful Beige”

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Used vs. Loved

While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked

up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In

anger, the man took the child’s hand

and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At

the hospital,

the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When

the child saw

his father…..with painful eyes he asked, ‘Dad when will my

fingers grow back?’

The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and

kicked it a lot of times.

Devastated by his own actions…….sitting in front of that

car he looked at the scratches;

the child had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’.

The next day that man committed suicide. . . Anger and Love

have no limits; choose

the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life….. Things are to

be used and people are to

be loved, but the problem in today’s world is that, People are

used and things are loved…

During this year, let’s be careful to keep this thought in

mind: Things are to be used, but

People are to be loved … Be yourself….This is the only day

we HAVE. Have a nice day

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they

become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they

become character;

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder… God

bless you; I hope you are

having a wonderful day! If you don’t pass this on to anybody,

nothing bad will happen; if you do,

you will have ministered to someone. The Will of God will never

take you to where the Grace of

God will not PROTECT you…

Stay FAITHFUL and Be GRATEFUL

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Little Black Girl

A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane when

the stranger turned to her and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that

flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow

passenger.”

The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly

and said to the stranger, “What would you like to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the stranger. “Since you are a Negro, do you

think that So-called President Elect Barak Obama is qualified for the

job?” and he smiles.

“OK”, she said. “That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you

a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff –

grass -. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a

flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you

suppose that is?”

The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence,

thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”

To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to

discuss President Barak Obama… when you don’t know shit?”

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