GuestPostReading over one of Razib's pot stirrer posts, I was reminded of something I ran across last year and discussed elsewhere.
Light Skinned-ed Girl promotes the month of May as "Mixed Experience Month". (And she had a series of posts last May on famous tan folk; it's worth a browse.)
Oh jebus, not another freaking month of celebrating non-majority-cultureness!!!???? Why o why o why do we need this?
Razib's post covers some survey data on answers to the following question:
Do you think there should be laws against marriages between (Negroes/Blacks/African-Americans) and whites?
Like I said, dude's a total troll because the data are collapsed across an interval 1972-2002 where the attitudes in the US about this issue changed, shall we say, utterly and completely beyond prior recognition (he did mention this in an update). Good for generating outraged comments though, I can respect that.
My dealio is less about ancient attitudes and more about current ones.
the BatCave Gene Expression commenter Karen wonders:
Color me confused, and maybe naive, but I had never heard that black women are traditionally against interracial marriage. I have several black female friends who certainly never mentioned this to me - though perhaps it's because I married outside my race? The only people who *ever* gave my husband and I a hard time were white folks - usually older, mostly southern... Am I just oblivious? Do my black friends secretly think I'm invading their territory?
Yes, yes they do. Except it isn't "secret", it is just rude, and somewhat inaccurate, to say it to you. After all, the problem is not with Karen specifically but with general societal trends. Trends we should be clear to distinguish from old time bigotry based on prejudice and irrational discomfort. This is not the same thing. This is not a reflexive shudder based on wild imaginings of behind-doors activities. This is not unbaked racial mixing theory. Nor even about religion.
It is about the statistics of available spousal candidates in one's chosen geographic and socio-educa-economic strata.
And that is a very different matter.