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Pros and Cons of Mixed Dating and Miscegenation

Fredi Hairston Larry Billion

By: Fredi Hairston and Larry Billion

Source: "Back Talk," Virginia Tech, 13 October 1967.
The original text, spelling, and punctuation have been retained.

"Back Talk" is a column which deals with controversial issues and presents both sides of the topic. The opinions expressed within the column are not to be construed as being necessarily those of either or both writers.

Con

Inter-racial dating, which may lead to inter-racial marriage, is certainly improper, immoral, and unnecessary. The most pressing issue of concern is the probable results of such unions...mulatto children.

These children will grow up with increased psychological stress, which is already severe enough during maturation. The child will meet with unacceptance from both social groups of the parents. This rejection most definitely will be a hindrance to the child's development. The psychological problems of the racially mixed siblings are of utmost concern.

Dr. D. A. Ausubel, noted child psychologist (Ph. D.) and medical doctor, believes that the properly adjusted child passes through a period of satellization. The phase of satellization is one of parental identification for the child. How does a child with parents of different races formulate his identification? Certainly, the necessary identification is extremely difficult and almost impossible. The child may never satellize (non-satellization) and become maladjusted. The non-satellizer encounters increased social barriers and problems which the satellized child never encounters. Those difficulties are added to the social rejection already thrown upon the children of miscegenation.

Status, which all individuals perpetually strive for, is also a vital aspect of the subject. Before reaching puberty, the child's status is mainly derived. The child obtains status for being who he is, what he is. How do the siblings in consideration receive the status necessary for development? Primary status, that received for accomplishments, is not prevalent enough to suffice the individual's needs in childhood. This lack of status is another " hang-up" for the inter-racial child.

Dr. Ausubel also states that the properly developed child must pass through a period of desatellization from the parents. This is immediately followed by a time of re-satellization with the peer group. How can the children of miscegenation satellize with the peer group? He is unaccepted by his peers because he is unlike them. Another barrier for proper maturation is hurdled in the path of the racially intermixed individual. Psychologically, the children of inter-racial unions will most definitely meet with increased and undue development problems.

Inter-racial marriages are also immoral in our society. Morality is according to one authority the "manners, customs, or patterns of behavior that conform to the standards of the group." The "group" does not perceive inter-racial marriages, miscegenation, as the norm...accepted behavior.

Inter-racial dating is actually up to the individuals involved. However, when marriage enters the picture, utmost care must be taken. The probable outcome of this marriage must be evaluated. The result is children who are out casts from both the parental social groups. Extreme psychological barriers, which impede normal and desired development are thrown upon the maturing child. The siblings suffer from such unions...not the parents. Certainly the children must be considered before prospective maters enter the bonds of inter-racial marriages. The ultimate conclusion is...EACH TO HIS OWN!!!

Pros

Interracial dating like every other type of dating is a personal thing and should not be a public affair. Yet, the plane of understanding which is required to accept this situation has not as yet been reached by most Americans. When two people who like each other meet, they do not stop to consider skin color, religious background, or any other such obscure facets of an individual.

A popular argument against interracial "anything" is that "purity" of the race (usually white) will be destroyed. The sensible answer to this is, "what purity?" It is a well established fact that all races are mongrel.

The conclusion that interracial dating leads to miscegenation is invalid. No one who is psychologically stable marries another person simply because he has dated her.

If a couple does consider interracial marriage it is not immoral or "against nature." Dr. William Bass, last week's visiting scholar on Tech's campus and a noted anthropologist from the University of Kansas stated that all men are possible mates for all women. In his talk on the "Concept of Race," he pointed out that the only reason interracial dating and miscegenation are not more prominent is because of the social and cultural isolation of races.

A few weeks ago Dr. Samuel Proctor, president of the Institute for Services to Education, emphasized that the only way in which a minority can infiltrate into the mainstream of a society is through assimilation. Amalgamation is a necessary step in this progress. This does not mean that everyone should rush right out and marry someone who is of another race. Few people have the love and courage to go against the morals and folk laws of present day society. Involvement with someone who is "different" takes more than just a desire to experience something new.

It must be noted, however, that the children of an interracial marriage are the only victims of miscegenation. This is solely because of the hypocrisy and cruelty of man. The day is coming when people will realize that the ostracization of children because of their heritage is meaningless. The only result that can arise from such treatment is alienation. Alienation can lead to complete rebellion which in turn will perpetuate hate like that which drives rioters into the streets.


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