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
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
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!!!
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.