With racial tensions rising on a global scale, from antisemitism, to the war on black youth, to ISIS and the rise of extreme fundamentalism, never has there been a more important time to celebrate the beauty and importance of sharing in our differences. And since today is Martin Luther King Jr. day, we decided to put together a list of the top 10 reasons, why interracial relationships are all the rage:
1. You get to learn about a new culture, experience new foods, new music, new language and history. You are each a teacher and a student, and it is incredibly enlightening for both.
2. You have an excuse to celebrate twice as many holidays & customs, or you can combine them, like Christmas + Hanukkah = Christmakkah. You could have jerk chicken at your Passover Seder, or you might jump the broom before you dance the hora. Whatever your traditions may be, the more, the merrier.
3. Your kids will be genetically stronger. It’s a little scientific fact known as genetic diversity. The wider the gene pool, the higher the probability of positive outcomes. It’s the same reason why pure bread dogs (like pugs and golden retrievers) have so many known problems, why African-Americans are more prone to sickle-cell disease, and why Ashkenazi Jews are more prone to tay-sachs, amoung other diseases resulting from centuries of in-race-breeding. Simply put, mixed people have a genetic advantage over the rest of our species.
4. Not to mention, beautiful. It’s no coincidence that some of Hollywood’s dreamiest products are mixed… Jesse Williams, Shemar Moore, Wentworth Miller, Lenny Kravitz, Nora Jones, Mariah Carey, Naya Rivera, Halle Berry, Freddie Prinze Jr., Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Keanu Reeves, Gary Dourdan, we can go on all day. This, of course, ties back into the whole genetic diversity thing. Mixed kids aren’t just healthier, they actually look healthier too. They get ‘the best of both worlds’ on a chromosomal level, and usually, it shows.
5. Mixed race couples are like modern-day revolutionaries. I know it sounds cliché, but whether you like it or not, every time you go into public together, you are physically exemplifying progress, and empowering others to do the same.
6. Paying it forward: Your whole family will have to learn about acceptance, tolerance and understanding. Many mixed couples find that one, or both sets of parents start off with very judgmental and narrow-minded views, but grow to become informed, culturally aware people, who are proud to share their experience with others.
7. Your children will be well-rounded; culturally, socially, and spiritually, with worldly perspectives, diverse wisdom, values and beliefs.
8. Studies show that children raised in bilingual homes have greater cognitive performance. Simulataneously learning multiple languages at a young age improves the brain’s abilities in perception and executive functions.
9. It pisses off ignorant / racist people, which suffice it to say, is quite intrinsically rewarding.
10. Let’s face it, forbidden fruit always tastes better. It’s exciting and exhilarating. But on top of that, the implications of this union (for human history) are incredibly meaningful (which feels pretty good too). You’re literally making the world a better place!!!