Shutterstock There once was a time in America — not too long ago — when the ebony and ivory piano keys, metaphorically, could not legally live in harmony. gradually warmed up to the idea of a Black and White union:1959 – 4 percent1971 – 29 percent1982 – 43 percent1995 – 48 percent2008 – 77 percent2013 – 87 percent Stats also show that Blacks have always approved Black-White marriages more than Whites.
When The Supremes were in full swing with their shimmery dresses and funky hairstyles, Black and White love was strictly forbidden. Well, let’s take a look at today’s interracial couples in America by the numbers, shall we? In 1969, 56 percent of Blacks were down for the swirl compared to only 17 percent of Whites.
Lynch mobs, housing discrimination, internment camps, immigration quotas, but the system that oppressed Blacks had been here longer, was enforced more brutally, and has remained to this day. Few American Blacks know where they’re from because that’s not something that slave owners would tell their slaves, or even know themselves.
Slavery, black codes, segregation, redlining, ghettos, police brutality, prison systems. The first slaves were sold off into the New World, their native languages, traditions, and religions completely purged.
The other day I got a comment from “Brenda” about my High-Achieving Black Women and Marriage: Not Choosing Or Not Chosen?Asians came onto the scene in the mid 1800s long after the system of slavery had been established to oppress Blacks.We Asians definitely were (and are) discriminated against. Many American-born Asians have names from their culture. Many Blacks are descendants of slaves who literally had their cultures ripped away from them.The internet is ablaze after Professor Jerry Hough of Duke University made several inflammatory comments about race.In the comments section of a NYT editorial article titled, “How Racism Doomed Baltimore” he basically asks why Black people can’t suck it up and be more like ‘The Asians’ as he called us. So now that he’s involved Asian-Americans, I have no choice but to break down why his opinions are absolute trash. It’s because Asians didn’t have the same complex and elaborate system of racism that was built to oppress Blacks.