Buddhism and interracial dating
in those exact terms), since it is so obvious that there is a middle ground between “wrong in all circumstances” and “wrong in no circumstances.” Often the debate will be stated as whether interracial marriage is sinful or not, when the meaning of “sinful” is “wrong in all circumstances.” It is unfortunate and misleading that the debate is so often construed that way, but it is just a matter of fact that it is.
For example, when confronted with an argument against interracial marriage, it is not uncommon that an advocate of miscegenation will ask in reply, “But wouldn’t you rather your daughter marry a Christian of another race than an unbeliever of the same race?
” The proper choice between those two, of course, is to select the believing spouse of a different race.
Thus, this hypothetical advocate of miscegenation will have proven that there are circumstances (albeit rare ones) in which interracial marriage is permissible; but his error exposes itself when he then presumes that because miscegenation can be appropriate in such unordinary circumstances, then it must be inherently appropriate in all circumstances. The answer could lie somewhere on the continuum between “wrong in all circumstances” and “wrong in no circumstances.” It could be, when all is said and done, that miscegenation is wrong in no circumstances whatsoever; it could be that it is wrong in basically all circumstances, extraordinary situations excepted.
He clearly could not be accused of white supremacy for being against miscegenation.More importantly, he helped to provide more of a rationale behind his position. We just want to stay black.” According to Muhammad Ali, opposition to interracial marriage need have nothing to do with animosity one’s own race.This rationale is important to acknowledge as we investigate the moral status of miscegenation.But, shockingly enough, it is only a fairly recent view that interracial marriage should be encouraged.While the general rarity of biracial individuals today should immediately inform us that interracial marriages are relatively new in history, it is still helpful to look into the stated opinions of men of the past.