Intermarriage: It's Not a Fetish
By Hugo Schwyzer on July 20, 2011
Featured BlogHer Network Post
[Editor's Note: As someone in an interracial marriage, I know what it's like to have to defend my choice of partner. (Why do people think a personal relationship is fodder for public commentary?) Blogger, professor and minister Hugo Schwyzer knows all about that: he's been married four times -- to women of different ethnicities. He says pressure to marry someone of the same race can be just as much of a fetish as the inclination to only marry/date people of another race. --Grace]
Your Ancestors Want You to be Happy: Marriage, Exogamy, and Rejecting the Fetishization of the Past
I don’t think there’s anything particularly virtuous about interracial marriage. It’s neither harder nor easier than marrying someone from one’s same background (and more than almost anyone else, I’m in a position to know.) What I do believe is that people should raise their children free from an obligation to carry on a particular language or heritage or faith by choosing a partner from within a certain community. There’s a thin line between honoring and fetishizing the past; too great an obsession with continuity quickly becomes the latter.
Read the full post at HugoSchwyzer.net and join the discussion!
Read more from Intermarriage: It's Not a Fetish at Hugo Schwyzer
More Like This
Most Popular on BlogHer
Mom has a lot to check off her list this Summer, and Kellogg's cereal can help her get it done. How will you make the most of your Summer? Check out our blog posts as we share with you inspirational ideas for celebrating the moments of magic that will happen during this activity-filled time of year! PLUS enter for a chance to win as $100 Walmart gift card! Read more
Most Popular on Race & Class
Recent Comments on Race & Class
By Lisa Stone