"When is Division Healthy?" is an essay paper that was written by the Dozerfleet founder for WRIT 121 class with Helen Draper in the fall semester of 2003 at Lansing Community College.
The class was asked, as a final essay paper, to discuss topics pertaining to ethnicity and diversity. The big topic in all of it was of "interracial" marriage, and on whether or not students thought it was wrong. The Dozerfleet founder decided to bring in a side to the debate that was ignored in class: the side of ethnicity vs. culture vs. religion. Citing sources from Answers in Genesis, he argued that skin color is nothing. However, family culture is a yellow flag. Too much distinction can lead to a clash in family culture that can sour relationships in both original families. Inter-religious marriage, however, is extremely dangerous.
The paper was submitted as one of several finalist papers for the portfolio on November 22nd of 2003.
November 22, 2003
When is Division Healthy?
Division - It's a divisive word in itself. Causes for division have been numerous. Among the first is undoubtedly ethnicity. However, what is with the modern day's insistence on racial division? This concept is actually quite modern, though it has its roots in the much-older concept of ethnic division.
First, let's look at ethnicity. Families become clans; clans become tribes, and unified tribes become nations. Nations center on a shared culture amongst its different components. Because in cultures in the past, the variety of human beings to a family was limited, it would only make sense the genetic variety for certain traits would be limited. As a result, what could at one time have easily been a well-rounded genetic set of man became a large set of varieties, separated from each other. A Chinese man whose family never had contact with a Nigerian can expect to look nothing like a Nigerian. Nations in ancient time were always at war, and someone from one nations would easily pick on someone from another.
Because some groups of humanity look so different from others, this easily fuels belief in some that man consists of different types of evolving monkeys. The story of Ota Benga, who was captured and put in a zoo as an example of an "inferior" "race" in the 1900's, shows the extent to which Darwinism had encouraged racism.
The arbitrary identity concept we call race is fueled not just by pride and evolutionary dogmas, but also by ethnocentric and supremacist attitudes toward lesser cultures, as an article in the Scientific American was pointed out for saying that pygmies and other blacks were "small, ape-like, elfish creatures...living in tangled forests in absolute savagery."
The concept of race has never been kept alive more than in black and white conflicts. This is because, even before evolutionary beliefs suggested Whites came from chimps and Blacks from gorillas, there were some who thought the Bible suggested black inferiority.
The so-called "Curse of Ham," for being black, however, is a complete myth. If one reads the account in Genesis of Noah's backlash, he doesn't curse Ham, but Canaan. And Canaan was judged for his and Ham's sexual perversion in laughing at Noah while he was naked:
"The curse of Canaan has nothing whatsoever to do with skin color, but is in fact an example warning fathers to train their children in godly principles..."
What, then, of "interracial marriage"? If race is arbitrary, then why do so many parents not want their while child hooking up with "that black girl"? Keep in mind, societies group "races" together, and then automatically assign cultural distinctions. Cultural discrepancies can be devastating, and even the most strongly-arguing against racial discrimination will encourage cultural scrutiny, lest culture shock lead to frustrating relationships.
What is a good form of deciding what groups should and shouldn't marry? The most upfront answer given is that different religions shouldn't marry. Few households with a Christian and a Buddhist parent produce stable children, for example; since the children are never sure what they really believe about life. Some families will hook their child up with complete atheists, rather than with "that black girl," showing how confused priorities can become.
In the end, it comes down to a rule of thumb: Forget what they look like, now where they come from and where they stand. No greater measure of compatibility exists than this. As for the impact of racial/ethnic identity on America today, we should remember that neither should stop us from uniting as a country.