Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Kristoff on Interracial Marriages

Nicholas Kristoff has a great article on CommonDreams on the growth of interracial marriages in the US.

As of the 2000 census, 6 percent of married black men had a white wife, and 3 percent of married black women had a white husband - and the share is much higher among young couples. Huge majorities of both blacks and whites say they approve of interracial marriages, and the number of interracial marriages is doubling each decade. One survey found that 40 percent of Americans had dated someone of a different race.

But it's hard to argue that America is becoming more colorblind when one benchmark is still missing: When will Hollywood dare release a major movie in which Denzel Washington and Reese Witherspoon fall passionately in love?"

Speaking as a member of a cross-cultural marriage, I think it is great that interracial marriage is at last becoming a normal thing to do in the US. Now if only they would include Asians in this idea of "race." Too often, when you look at a movie, the token non-white is black, and Asians do not exist. And people from the Indian subcontinent, well, they are not even on the same planet.

Doubling every decade! Perhaps one day we'll all be brown, and this racism thing will have ended forever.

6 comments:

dave said...

Below is a link to an interesting art project that tries to extrapolate what people will look like after 'racial' mixing. It's art, not science, but interesting to look at anyways.
http://www.faceoftomorrow.com/

Anonymous said...

Clyde Said:

This reminds me of Le Guin's Lathe of Heaven when George Orr was asked to stop racism by Dr. Haber. Suddenly everyone is grey color! And it sucks, especially since Orr's lawyer/girlfriend is one beautiful black babe!

Michael Turton said...

Thanks for the links....

Maybe someday we'll all look like Keanu Reeves

Anonymous said...

Michael,

The racialscape is changing in the USA, too, but the basic comparison thing for race is the old white/black thang. But everyone knows it aint true anymore, it's all about blacks, Latinos and Asians and whites in the mixed bag now. Hollywood IS catching up: did you see the movie SIDEWAYS? the main character has girfriend who is Asian (Korean-Canadian in real life, Sandra Oh), while he is white Caucasus boy, and the issue is never even talked about in the movie, not even MENTIONED. And to top it off, in the movie, she is divorced single mom with a part-Black child. So see? America is changing its color conciousness, with Asians in the picture too. Slowyly. Step by step. Tiger Woods and Mariah Carey and lots of others. Go to www.mixedmediawatch.com for a good site on this.

there is no such thing as race, IMHO. just one human race.

the rest is genepools, DNA pools. we are one big family of "humanosis evolvus" -- and still evolving. Yer kids are the future.

Anonymous said...

Check out this Navi Rawat:

multi-faceted, multi-ethnic


Navi Rawat, an up and coming USA actress in her 20s. She is recently getting a lot of attention for her ability to play a diversity of roles (the New York Daily News just named her a “Hot Face to Watch” in its January issue).

....she discusses her mixed heritage (Euro German and Asia Indian) and how it has positively affected her acting career.



.....Rawat initially felt self-conscious about her ethnicity.

“I definitely struggled with that when I was younger, trying to fit in. I went to a school where all the kids were Caucasian and made fun of me for my skin color.” Rawat would have the last laugh, though, as she soon found a way to use her distinctive appearance to her advantage. Relying on a family friend’s connections, Rawat moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and quickly found a manager. “It was different when I was growing up, but it’s all fine now. Since I first started acting, I’ve found [my ethnicity] to be beneficial instead of something to overcome.”

Indeed, Rawat’s exotic good looks make her something of a chameleon, helping her play characters from widely differing backgrounds. Her breakthrough role on the hit Fox television series, 24, was not specifically written for an ethnic actress, and she portrayed a Hispanic girl on the wildly popular teen soap The O.C. On CBS’ new crime drama Numb3rs, she plays an Indian graduate student studying mathematics. “They specifically wanted someone who was ethnic in that part. They were initially interested in an Indian actresses [to play] someone whose family was traditionally Indian but who grew up in the States. But I just did a movie where I was not [ethnic] at all. Yesterday, I was in an audition with all girls who were blonde. I’m not too worried about [typecasting] at this point.”

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Michael Turton said...

Wow! Thanks for all the great links and stuff, guys.