Religious veiws on interracial dating

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The subject is presented today as if it were quite obvious that interracial marriage is both permissible and positively good.

It is tacitly assumed that everyone has thought the same way in history, except for a few evil men who thought otherwise due to racial bigotry and especially to “ignorance,” as the accusation often goes.

But, shockingly enough, it is only a fairly recent view that interracial marriage should be encouraged.

While the general rarity of biracial individuals today should immediately inform us that interracial marriages are relatively new in history, it is still helpful to look into the stated opinions of men of the past.

In a speech he delivered in 1968, Muhammad Ali said quite directly that all white men and women “in their right minds” would oppose miscegenation, and then he said the same about blacks as well (watch the video here).

It is because of this allegation that any opposition to miscegenation has been thoroughly and censoriously silenced.Yet, what is noteworthy here is the persistence of anti-miscegenation legislation for a very large portion of American history.One of the earliest examples of this is Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law of 1691, which forbade the marriage of whites with any non-whites.Legislation and criminalization are not things which just appear among a people; they require a substantive consent of the populace (or apathy).Without popular consent, laws will inevitably change.

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