Tuesday, 18 March, 2008 11:25 PM
A Discussion at U of M Dearborn
-- How would other people perceive black men dating white
women? How would other people perceive interracial relationship?
Those are the first of several questions that were thought of at
a panel discussion inside the Kochoff Hall at the University Center
(UC) at University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday. Conservation
of Race continues on campus with Interracial Relationships.
The students thoughts
and opinions on this sensitive issue before the discussion was that
interracial relationships should be treated no less than relationships
of the same race. But some stated that information about interracial
relationship isnt very informed and people should
know more about it, while others agreed that dating someone of a
different race is difficult due to the reactions of
both society and family.
According to research,
interracial marriages have gone from less than 1% of U.S. marriages
in 1970 to nearly 6% in the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, which also
stated that almost seven million 2.4% -- of Americans describe
themselves as multiracial. Interface magazine stated that Washington,
D.C. and Denver, CO are two of the top five cities in America that
interracial couples can live in.
received the opportunity to participate in the panel discussion
in asking several people such as their fellow classmates, alumni,
and professors such as Marie Waung on their experiences being bi-racial.
For instance, Terry, whos from Ohio, has a white mother who
dated a black man that hated all white people despite the
fact Terry is both black and white.
In between the panel
was a seven-minute film from You Tube produced and directed by Jerry
A. Henry and Andrea J. Chia. The film, Something Other Than Other,
is about their own trials with discrimination when growing up. For
example, when the couple was applying for Social Security, there
was one box: what was their color? Were they black, white, both,
or other? In the end, they define themselves as multi-racial, like
their newborn son Quinn, whom they dont want to see being
suffered like theyve suffered due to racism. When Quinn grows
up, Andrea states, hopefully hell be strong, confident, beautiful,
and not worried about racial identity.
Unlike maybe little Quinn,
five-year-old son Benjamin Dewberry is probably thinking about his
own racial identity. Like his father, Ben thinks of himself of black,
his mother Rebecca said. Whenever we see black people, the UM-D
2000 graduate continues, Ben said that black people are cool.
A devout Baptist Christian, she was raised by the belief that interracial
relationships were a sin, but there was nothing in The Bible that
supports it though there have been interracial marriages
of biblical characters that went on for centuries.
The UM-D students
perspectives on interracial relationships includes that though theyre
challenging, stereotypes needs to be broken down, and
the world must resolve the racial side and concentrate on
the relationships, family, and children. People who are multicultural,
according to Prof. Waung, tend to adept very quickly. There are
two questions that ponder those that are bi-racial: why did my parents
have to be from two different worlds? Why did I have to be born
Facing oppositions when
it comes to interracial relationships involves three things, according
to Terry, and they are self-esteem, confidence, and support from
parents. To understand racism, said the Eastern Michigan
University student, it meets with people like us.