Interracial Relations And Marriages

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Interracial Relations and Marriages


Thesis statement,: The United States has witnessed a considerable social and cultural desegregation of Black and Caucasian Americans. However, despite years of desegregation, racial and cultural differences still exist. I show these differences still exist in the institution of marriage. 1. Americans have been and are continually moving slowly away from segregation. A. Since the 1960's
Blacks have been allowed to move into mainly Caucasian neighborhoods. B.
Integration on campuses is now more apparent then ever before. 1. Students cat together. 2. Students study together, C. Black and Caucasian issues have converged. 11, notwithstanding these examples of desegregation, there are
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The United States bureau of the Census reported that in 1987 over 827,000 interracial married couples existed in America, of which fewer than 200,000 of them were between Blacks and
Caucasians ( Herring 29 ). These numbers ( census ) do not reflect the spread of desegregation very well. If there is such a large spread of desegregation between Blacks and Caucasians from the past to the present, then the numbers should reflect a much larger count of interracial marriages between these races.
This however, is untrue; therefore there are less apparent barriers Black and
Caucasian couples face. One of the major barriers that face these couples does not come from themselves but rather from family disapproval. Lois, a Caucasian women, and her husband Chuck Bronz, a Black man, were married in 1960. They have no prejudice about each other and they share the comfortable rhythm of any long married couple. They had no problems with friends because they had a good mix of them from different races; friends who looked at the person not the color. However, they had problems with other people, namely Lois's mother. Her mother had sat her down and asked her why she could not marry her own kind. Lois, of course, stood firm and married Chuck, which unfortunately resulted in the ties between her mother and