Does Opposition to Interracial Marriage Constitute Racism?

983 Words Jun 20th, 2018 4 Pages
Racism is not a new issue for the United States; it is an issue that has plagued our nation since its inception. Whether racism originates from family, community, religious beliefs or friends the tension it creates- destroys. As a nation we have worked to eliminate racism from everyday live. The civil rights movement of the 1960’s and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King brought about some much needed changes. We, as a nation have come a long way, since that time. We however, still have a long way to go. It is unfortunate to say, but there is still a great deal of racism that exists in this country. One incident that will not be soon forgotten was the lynching of a man in Texas. It was only 1998 when James Lynch, an African …show more content…
In fact there is not a single Biblical reference that speaks to a person’s ‘race’.
Historically in the United State and for that matter, in other countries around the world have used bans on interracial marriage to keep individual races ‘pure’. It is a matter of record that in South Africa interracial marriage was banned to ensure that the black majority did not take over the white minority. There was so much concern that that if there was a mixing of race that the bloodlines would be diluted and it would result in a loss of power by the white minority.
The ban in South Africa is a perfect example of the very definition of racism, as it is defined on Dictionary.com “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.” (Dictionary.com)
I liken the Justice of the Peace, in Louisiana, who refused to sign the marriage license to a pharmacist who refuses to fill a prescription for the so called morning after pill, citing moral reasons. While I personally believe that regardless of what frame we use look at the perils, of
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