Interracial Relationships

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America has had a long history of racism. This fact is more easily understood if racism is understood for what it really is. It is more than just personal hatred. Racism is the “belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics” (What is Racism). The 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the American society. Nevertheless, racism still exists owing to the truth that it is still impossible to persuade the hearts of mankind in terms of racism, which leads to many people wondering how and when black and white racism will end in America. Many solutions have been suggested, and one of the various solutions is black …show more content…
Either definition that the reader chooses to agree on, the deviating definition is a relationship between two different people.
There have been many arguments on whether an interracial relationship is able to work or function properly in relation to a relationship that involves individuals with the same race or cultural background as each other. The populations that believe such relationship will not end well refer to scenarios such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was one of Britain’s most outstanding and celebrated composers. He was born to a white mother and black father. Coleridge-Taylor married Jessie Walmisley, in 1899. She was a pianist and a classmate of Samuel’s in high school. Jessie’s family was extremely opposed to the marriage and they did all in their power to prevent it. Samuel and his family were targets of abuse from groups of local youths who would repeatedly shower him with insulting comments about the color of his skin. His daughter later recalled ‘”when he saw them approaching along the street he held my hand more tightly, gripping it until it almost hurt” (Living Interracial: Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley). On September 1, 1912, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor died of pneumonia complicated by exhaustion. Some say if Samuel was not to be in such relationship, he would still be alive.
A more well-known scenario would be the story of Sammy
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