Interracial Marriage: Yay or Nay?

Interracial Marriage: Yay or Nay?

Interracial marriage (when 2 people of different races get married) is often frowned upon by a lot of people worldwide. Most of these people do not admit it openly but behind closed doors, people have their prejudices towards other cultures, races, and religions.

In the United States, interracial marriage between whites and blacks was illegal until 1967, when the supreme court ruled in the case Loving v. Virginia. It was also illegal during Apartheid in South Africa. Interracial mixing has occurred for centuries and interracial marriage has become quite common today.

Two weeks ago, Dr. Umar Johnson (a black pan-African speaker) appeared on the breakfast club (a radio show in New York City), and he said: “Marriage is a political decision……and when you marry a woman you marry her culture, her community, and her people”. This comment got backlash and those who disagree with him have said “you do not choose who you love” and “love is blind“. Dr. Umar went on to say that “love is a function of your values and priorities” and the reason black men marry white women is that having the white man’s prize (a white woman), means that he is equal to the white man. He also highlighted the fact that only a black woman can understand a black man’s struggle in America.

In America, since 1967, black men have married outside their race more than the men of all other races in America put together as a percentage. Only 1 in 4 black women are likely to get married and are more likely than women of other races to get divorced. The rise of the single parent household in black communities started in 1970, even during the Jim crowe and civil rights era there were more black 2 parent hoseholds.

In a country like Nigeria that does not have a strong racial problem like the US, people are advised by their families to marry within their tribes, cultures, and religion. This is because marriage is seen as the union of two families, not just two lovers. These days you tend to have quite a few Nigerians marrying outside their race. Some people say it is a generational thing since more Nigerians these days study in Europe and America than 20 years ago.


I will like you (readers) to give your opinions and answers to the following questions, in the comments section.

Do you think, interracial marriages are purely based on love? Is interracial marriage Yay or Nay for you?  Please state the country you grew up in as well.


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