Over the years legions of white-supremacist legislators, judges, prosecutors, police officers, and other officials have attempted to prohibit open romantic interracial attachments, particularly those between black men and white women.
The de-stigmatization in this country of interracial intimacy is profoundly encouraging.
Against the tragic backdrop of American history, it is a sign that Frederick Douglass may have been right when he prophesied, even before the abolition of slavery, that eventually "the white and colored people of this country [can] be blended into a common nationality, and enjoy together ...
the inestimable blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."The great but altogether predictable irony is that just as white opposition to white-black intimacy finally lessened, during the last third of the twentieth century, black opposition became vocal and aggressive.
Bush, at a crucial moment in his primary campaign, paid a highly publicized visit to Bob Jones University, in South Carolina.
During that visit he offered no criticism of the university's then existing prohibition against interracial dating.
In the controversy that ensued, no nationally prominent figures defended Bob Jones's policy.Public opinion not only forced Bush to distance himself from Bob Jones but also prompted the notoriously stubborn and reactionary administration of that institution to drop its ban.Americans are already what racial purists have long feared: a people characterized by a great deal of racial admixture, or what many in the past referred to distastefully as "mongrelization." In pigmentation, width of noses, breadth of lips, texture of hair, and other telltale signs, the faces and bodies of millions of Americans bear witness to interracial sexual encounters. These different kinds of interracial intimacy and sexual depredation all reached their peak in the United States during the age of slavery, and following the Civil War they decreased markedly. Others contained elements of both choice and coercion.Since the end of the civil-rights revolution interracial dating, interracial sex, and interracial marriage have steadily increased, as has the number of children born of interracial unions.This development has prompted commentators to speak of the "creolization" or "browning" or "beiging" of America.