Downside to interracial dating
He was afraid that his daughter would experience the same racism and discrimination he had gone through, and thus did not want his daughter to have relations with a Caucasian.
His behavior is understandable considering his past encounters with whites, and this is one of the reasons parents are apprehensive about intermarriage.
The hatred between the two different religions is intense, which makes it extremely difficult for the couple to live even remotely comfortably.
When facing such intense opposition of their marriage from society, what is the couple to do?
Unfortunately, these dissimilarities which begin to become insignificant to the couple are glaring to their families and society.
The couple is frequently reminded that they are two separate people from different cultures that should not belong together.
Not all couples receive pressure this extreme from society, but any pressure put on an intermarriage couple could be damaging to a relationship.
George Yancey, Ph D, a black sociology professor at the University of North Texas says, “…the notion [of white supremacy] stayed with us after the [Civil] war, when it was used to legitimize segregation, discriminatory separate-but-equal laws, and legal bans of mixed-race marriages” (Spencer 133).
Without their parents support, a marriage between Jim and Ella will be very difficult.
Kyle Spencer also reports about parental disapproval of mixed couples.
This shows that the perception of intermarriage is taking a more positive spin in the publics view and that there are advantages to intermarriage. With racism and discrimination down, people feel less threatened and are able to explore relationships which may not have been possible in the past.
The relationships formed are very close, as the couple must be devoted to deal with any pressure they receive from their family or society.