so i decided id start the week off with a bang.
when did intraracial relationships become a crime? [incidentally, according to dictionary and webster.com “intraracial” isn’t a word]. the reverse racism reaction to the explicit anti-miscegenation laws of the jim crow era seems to be the implicit “miscegenation mandate” of our generation. apparently freedom of choice is never hard to abolish.
there’s the “dear abby”-like carolyn hax, who flat out declares a white girl who “prefers to date white guys” to be a racist. [check it out here]. um, huh? when did having personal preferences start translating into being racist? following this logic, are all gay men misogynists because they prefer—in fact, only—date men? are all lesbians now misandrists [thats someone who hates men, kids] because they refuse to date anything other than a woman? when did the fairly benign “i like to date tall guys” attitude explode into full-blown klan-itis when the statement is “i like to date [insert own race here]”.
the once refreshing mist of political correctness seems to be curdling into an asphyxiating smog of reverse-intolerance.
however, i am curious as to how this girl relayed her preference information to her friends. if it was “i don’t date black guys” then yes, carolyn hax was dead-on. chick’s a racist. but if it actually was “i prefer to date white guys” then no, she just has a preference. there’s a difference between “im for x” and “im against y”. the outcomes might be the same, but as my budding philosopher friend keeps drilling into my head, its all about intent.
for example. if there was a bill being proposed that would ban abortion across the country, id vote against it. why? not because im particularly for abortion [i find its used far too frivolously nowadays. like it’s a birth control pill or something] but b/c im against any government having the power to tell someone what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. but in the end i end up voting against an abortion bill the same way as some chick who is deathly afraid of condoms, birth control, and plan b, but insists on using her hoop earrings as ankle holders every friday night.
see the difference? same deal with race and relationships.
just b/c “white guy a” doesn’t date indian women isn’t necessarily b/c he’s thinking “indian girls are [insert a ton of negative qualities here]”. it could just as easily be b/c he thinks “white girls are cool”. although dont get me wrong, the first option is still possible. racism kicks in when a person has a list of abstract qualities desired in a partner which don’t inherently include a need for an ethnic or cultural homogeneousness, yet they turn away a potential partner from another race solely based on the other person’s race and not their own personal preference.
for example, ive found attractive and been attracted to pretty much everything under the sun, some more or less than others. [btw, there is a difference between “finding attractive” and “being attracted to”. “finding attractive” means you just want each other’s fun parts to meet each other. “being attracted to” means you can see yourself in relationship with this person. in concurrence with frequent meeting of said fun parts.] however, i seek relationships with black women b/c of the familiarity, the desire to come home to someone who “gets” what im complaining about, to be with someone how intimately understands who prejudiced this country can be, etc, etc. these are things i cant achieve [maybe partially, but not completely] with, say, a korean girl. so i don’t date korean girls. not b/c korean girls are particularly horrible. [except for you, gae].
in the end, however, this creeping culture of not being allowed to [non-racistly, of course] state your preferences and what you want to go home to is dangerous, oppressive, and ironically strips away the very freedom of choice that interracial relationships are a symbol of. neither inter nor intra-racial relationships are for everyone. and as for those ppl who are genuinely racist, i say leave them be. why force them into an interracial relationship and inflict their unsuspecting partner to a prison term of racial fetishism and superficial “love“?
does that sound very fair?
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