Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Multiracial in America

This little munchkin in the photo has a white father and black mother and is 100% cute. The number of kids like her is increasing in the United States

Anti-Racist Parent is an invaluable resource. I just found information on a series that MSNBC did on multiracial families in America that is definitely worth viewing. If you do take the time to watch it, I'd love to hear your thoughts especially if you are a member of a multiracial family. As I've mentioned before, I'm currently exploring the possibility of doing research on what (if any) effect religion has on so called 'interracial marriages'. A distinctive feature of the Baha'i Faith is that it explicitly encourages interracial marriages and the formation of multiracial families as a means of promoting the oneness of humankind. The son my wife and I are expecting in October will the first fruit of such a union.

"Colors are phenomenal, but the realities of men are essence. When there exists unity of the essence what power has the phenomenal? When the light of reality is shining what power has the darkness of the unreal? If it be possible, gather together these two races, black and white, into one Assembly, and put such love into their hearts that they shall not only unite but even intermarry. Be sure that the result of this will abolish differences and disputes between black and white. Moreover, by the Will of God, may it be so. This is a great service to humanity."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 359)

Are you currently in an interracial marriage or a member of a multiracial family? Are you considering that possibility? I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories!