Interracial relationships is an age old debate. Whoopi is right, this is the year 2011, love is about loving another person. Love shouldn't be about race. A person shouldn't be judged by who they love, just as they shouldn't be judged by the color of their skin. For the people who love someone outside their race, it is about love.
Race is a cultural issue, more than it is an issue about the color of someones skin. I feel that someone can preserve their own culture and still love someone outside of their race, because you can still teach you children about your own culture. It's up to you to teach your children about your culture. If your teaching your children about your own culture and it is about the color of your skin, then you will be missing out on the important lessons about your own culture and breeding racism. You will be teaching them the same ideal that enslaved African Americans and took away their rights. It's the same thing as saying staying away from this person because they are white or because they are black or Chinese, etc. The lesson should be, yes we all different, but that is what makes us beautiful, that is what makes us humans. Children should be taught about the cultural differences, be taught to celebrate cultural differences, and we can all co-exist together as one race. It's kind of like a bag full of M & M's, if you look at them they are all different on the outside, but on the inside they are all the same. What makes us different and the same is our individuality and our personalities.
But, if your teaching your children about the history of your culture with the lesson love is love, regardless of another persons skin color, you will be teaching them a valuable lesson in life. Loving someone is about loving them for who they are and not wanting to change them, because they are beautiful just the way they are. When you make culture about skin color, you are adding fuel to the fire of racism. If you walk away from someone, because of the color of their skin, you may be walking away from the only chance you have to love in your life. You may be walking away from the one person in your life that you maybe willing to die for or the one person who will truly see you for who you are and love you just the way you are. If we separate people by race, then should they be separated by intelligence, social class, wealth and so on?
My son tries to hide who he is, no matter what I teach him society teaches him a different lesson. He shouldn't feel like he needs to hide who he is or feel ashamed of who he is. My son is half middle eastern, he isn't looked at by some as being white, he is looked at as being middle eastern. He was born right here in the United Sates. He is American and he is part of the human race. He isn't less than someone else, because of where his father came from. That's what racism teaches, it teaches shame.
When I met my husband their was an instant connection and bond. Our relationship isn't about race. Our relationship is about love. We bonded in a way that we can't bare to be apart. We love each other for our differences and our similarities. No one knows us like we know one another. It burns me up to think that some people think we shouldn't be together, because of the color of our skin.
God put us all on this earth as part of the human race. He didn't put us on this earth to have hatred towards one another. Hatred is a sin humans created. We are failing ourselves and we are going against the word of God by being racist towards another race. God created us to look different from one another, but as all part of the human race. If he created us all to look all the same, we would be animals. But, we are not animals, we are humans. A tiger and a horse can't mate, but humans can mate and are capable of love. You can't put a tiger and a horse together and expect them to get along, but you can put two humans together and they can get along. Animals are not capable of same mentality as humans and God did not intend for us to separate ourselves the same as animals are separated.