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.
Posted by Rich (subbing for Lo)