Who could argue that birds and fish, regardless of their capacity to love one another, aren’t better served by remaining apart?In my professor’s formulation, the different categories that the two parties belong to guarantees their incompatibility; there’s a natural disharmony.Nearly 1,200 miles separates Channelview, TX and St. However, the distance didn't get in the way of kindergarteners from Hmong College Prep Academy and De Zavala Elementary School learning about each other. I think the class was supposed to take the folksy aphorism to mean that terrestrial concerns can splash cold water on high romance.But what struck me about the offhanded comment was its implications about how we understand difference.
Decades later, interracial marriage is now the highest it has ever been in the United States, up 14 percent compared with what it was in 1967 when the courts ruled in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were thrown in jail in Virginia for violating the state’s rules against multicultural love. ” It was a dog-whistle sentiment tuned to a frequency one grudgingly learns to pick up in graduate school environments.I noticed a number of my classmates nodding and tittering, as if my professor had just landed an unimpeachable mic drop.Additionally, are there any differences between men and women, even of the same ethnicity? It's kind of hard to believe this today, but as recent as 1967, there was actually state laws that banned interracial marriage.These laws weren't overturned until the Supreme Court case, Loving vs. In that case, the Supreme Court found that it was unconstitutional for the state of Virginia to ban interracial marriage. A poll conducted two years early, in 1965 by the Gallup Company revealed that 72 percent of whites in the South wanted a ban on interracial marriage. Since then, the number of marriages has grown significantly.