miscegenation

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miscegenation

interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved

Miscegenation

 

the mixing of human races. The offspring of these mixed marriages are called half-breeds.

Racial mixing has always taken place in regions where various racial groups have been in contact with one another. The scale of such crossing grew considerably after the great geographical discoveries of the 15th to 17th centuries and the subsequent colonial expansion and slave trading. It is a natural phenomenon in human history and proves the untenability of the reactionary theory of polygenism (the theory of the origin of the principal races of mankind from different ancestors, thereby ascribing Caucasoids, Mongoloids, and Negroids to separate species). The same capacity of half-breeds for reproduction as is found in intraracial unions—not the case between different species—is the most convincing proof of the species unity of mankind and the close kinship of all human races.

miscegenation

[mi‚sej·ə′nā·shən]
(anthropology)
Intermarriage between different races.
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While the Immorality Act is not connected to the relationship between Mouse's parents, the taboo against interracial sex does surface in relation to Mouse's point of view and emerging identity.
The second reference to the law against interracial sex in The Cardinals is Mouse's exploration of why there are so many Immorality Act offences.
Throughout his work, he attacks the black middle class, white liberalism, interracial sex, American racism and capitalism.
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As a number of essays in part three make evident, interracial sex had even more volatile political implications in the Reconstruction-era South.
The men believed the charges unfounded--the desperate act of a woman who had been caught breaking the taboo against interracial sex.
Interracial sex, for instance, is banned, whereas interracial rape is not.
Marshall is left to ponder "if the real work of the civil rights movement was not interracial sex.
For The Long Dream, Wright would construct a twofold discourse racial reality and self-portrait - unified on the strength of the sexual theme, for the taboo of interracial sex is the product of socio-historical environment and personal desire.