You Give Me Fever.

Well, it looks like Buck and Missy just can’t keep their hands off each other. It turns out that Jungle Fever is on the rise. But before you get your panties in a bunch and call brother Al on me for saying “Buck,” let me kick the statistics.

According to the following numbers, interracial marriages have nearly quadrupled since the seventies from just under two percent to right around seven percent.

For most of U.S. history, in most communities, such unions were taboo.

It was only 40 years ago — on June 12, 1967 — that the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying nonwhites. The decision also overturned similar bans in 15 other states.

Since that landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling, the number of interracial marriages has soared; for example, black-white marriages increased from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005, according to Census Bureau figures. Factoring in all racial combinations, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld calculates that more than 7 percent of America’s 59 million married couples in 2005 were interracial, compared to less than 2 percent in 1970.

The story goes on to talk about some of the acceptance and non-acceptance that couples have faced regarding their decision, the struggles they have encountered, and the hatred.

It is quite interesting the feelings that we as a country have surrounding race. As a black man, I still feel an inner reaction to seeing a black woman with a man of another race. It doesn’t bother me that they are together, but for some reason that twinge still occurs. I think it’s more surprise than anything. It’s also surprising that here we are in the year 2007 and for some this just causes their blood to boil, for others like myself, it’s no big deal. In the attached story there was mention of cross burnings and attempted house burnings even in these modern times. I say, to each his own.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that we spend less time in the presence of others than I thought as a kid. Ultimately, it’s you and your loved one, so if you happen to find love across the tracks I say go for it. It’s hard enough finding love as it is, so if you happen to find it in the eyes of someone whose skin color is different than yours, its nobody’s business but your own. Free yourself from someone else’s stupidity and follow your heart. Besides, if you are a bible believing person, we are all one big race anyway. We are all descendants of Noah and his family. Don’t believe me, then read it for yourself.

Interracial marriages surge across U.S.

Posted by Rich (subbing for Lo)

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2 thoughts on “You Give Me Fever.

  1. >I'm not a bible literalist. I do, however, believe the mitocondrial DNA studies done to trace back the roots of all races were successful. A team of scientists collected DNA from women of all races across the globe in an attempt to put together a picture of human evolution (and migration). Turns out this study placed early humans, the mothers and fathers of us all, in East Africa, something already theorized by most in the scientific community.For an amazing account of this study and much, much more watch the Discovery Channel's "The Real Eve", narrated by Danny Glover. It is mind blowing.I was having a conversation with a good friend the other day concerning race relations (he's Hispanic) here in Los Angeles. When he said, "my people" I had to take pause. I asked, "Who are your people?" He answered, "the Latino people". I said that whether one accepts the Genesis story literally or believes the concept of human evolution, both camps believe that all humans came from one family. I then told him, "My people are all people. Physiological and cultural changes that rose up from pockets of humans spread across the globe shouldn't drive us apart. We're much more alike than we are different."He looked at me and said, "What? I'm sorry, I wasn't listening."Okay, I lied about that last part but you get the picture. As for interracial dating, I don't know what I would have done without it. Growing up in Arkansas was rough since I was, for whatever reasons, drawn to lithe, African American women. I recall one of my first double dates in life. It was an African American couple and a girl I was flirting with at school (these were mid-high school days) and myself. I remember looking across the table and thinking to myself, "Dammit – why couldn't I be with his date instead?"

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  2. >I ran across the study the other day & tripped on it a little. I am not opposed to IR dating but think that there are enough of us (Black men & women) to not stay outside the color line.Bygbaby

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