The Mixed Experience

April 30, 2009

BikeMonkey GuestPost
Reading 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.
Back at 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.

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  1. Jim Thomerson Says:

    Since about 1980 there have been more females receiving Bachelors degrees that males. This has also been true at the Masters level for a shorter period of time. This suggests that now, or in the near future, the majority of degreed people in the USA will be female. This means that there will be a shortage of degreed men for them to link up with. How will they cope?
    This is particularly true of African-Americans (and Hispanics also?). There is more verisimillitude in this comment than one would like, “The black girl goes to college. The black boy goes to jail.” So how is the educated black female coping, and what does this tell us, if anything, about how educated females as a group will cope as the educated female/male sex ratio changes?


  2. BikeMonkey Says:

    From my vantage point of a mixed-heavy community, this will take care of itself eventually. Lots of rough road to travel still.
    Personally I think we will look back at Michelle Obama and credit her with a win for broadening the appeal of the African-American woman archetype.


  3. anon Says:

    From a minority point of view, it is also about not accepting mainstream societal norms and thinking as ‘right’ (eg thin blond white women are pretty; white people are successful so if I am to succeed I need to be like a white person), and the fear of losing cultural traditions and legitimacy. If you were an indigenous woman, and the majority of indigenous men (your brothers, cousins, friends)partnered white women, what would that say to you about how they viewed indigenous women? Do you think any societal stereotypes are operating? Or put another way, how will our minority cultural traditions survive if both partners are not equally committed to this, and one partner may not even wish to learn a minority language? There are some powerful reasons that individuals may treat intermarriage cautiously.


  4. razib Says:

    as a mixed race person myself i resent you calling me a troll!


  5. Samia Says:

    I’m afraid I don’t understand what you’re trying to say here, BM.


  6. becca Says:

    Are you only half troll then, razib?


  7. Or put another way, how will our minority cultural traditions survive if both partners are not equally committed to this, and one partner may not even wish to learn a minority language?

    Sr. Isis aprendió hablar español y por eso le quiero.


  8. razib Says:

    Are you only half troll then, razib?
    oh, so a mixed person must be “half” of one thing or another? nice reductive stereotype.


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