Prejudice against interracial marriages and relationships is something that, in my opinion, ninety percent of the time is impressed into us at an early age.
If the child is raised to believe that different skin color is as important as different hair color, or eye color or height or gender, then most likely, that’s the impression that will grow with the child into adulthood.
In south America, where I was born and raised, there is plenty of racism from both sides, and although in some cases people divide themselves into race factions, relationships between two different skin colors are also common.
In the middle east, where I currently live, the percentage of people with dark skin color is considerably less than those with lighter tones. Yet, racism, if it exists, is not openly demonstrated. Yes, there are plenty of gossip when a woman with light colored skin marries a man with dark skin, but it’s the gossip easily fitted into ‘he’s tall’, or ‘rich,’ or ‘cute,’ or ‘skinny,’ category. The same is true if the woman is ‘black’ and marries a ‘white’ guy. The gossip is certainly present, but the words lack the racist maliciousness.
In my opinion, skin colors are nothing but a trait a person is born with.
CTM interviewed Ben Burgess, the award winning author of the novel Black and White. This novel touches on issues surrounding interracial relationships. Meet the author and read his interview here.