ERIC Number: ED416006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Rights and Responsibilities of Interracial Families.
In view of the increasing number of interracial relationships and families, and the concomitant emphasis on religious, cultural, racial, ethnic, and national identity (and their contribution to pride, self awareness, and community), this paper examines the rights and responsibilities of interracial families to challenge the emerging trend toward cultural nationalism and ethnic pride and respond to the increasing racism. The paper identifies several rights of interracial families, including: (1) the right to live according to personal beliefs as long as the beliefs are not immoral or illegal; (2) the right to not be intimidated by people pursuing their own political or social agenda; (3) the right to determine what is best for personal happiness and development; (4) the right to live and raise families without prejudice and harassment; and (5) the same rights as all other American parents. The responsibilities of interracial families are identified as: (1) to recognize the enormity of the decision to marry interracially; (2) to not retreat from society; (3) to not support any form of prejudice or be drawn into causes that perpetuate division and hatred; (4) to give children the courage and tools to be successful in fighting institutional and personal racism; (5) to reject efforts to make them feel guilty; (6) to affirm the normalcy of their situation; and (7) to raise children with a clear and proud sense of a biracial or multiracial identity. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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