Erik Ericikson's Theories Of Interracial Relationships

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There are many people in this world who believe that the conjunction of interracial relationships are disrespectful. This feeling and thought originated in the 1900s when slavery was at an all-time high. In early America, during slavery white slave owners would rape the African American women and somehow it would be the woman’s fault. As far as African American men, if they as so much glanced at a white woman they would be brutally beat or so much as even killed. However, as times have changed, society has come to grips with the thought of individuals dating and marrying outside of their race. There still are some cultures who are totally against it but most of society agrees with it. Personally I agree with interracial relationships. My husband …show more content…
Erikson became known for his eight stages of development that occurred throughout infancy, childhood, and adulthood. The development of a bi-racial child will be significantly impacted, according to Erikson’s stages of development stage five is known as “identity versus role confusion.” This stage occurs during ages 13 to early 20’s, which is typically known as the age of adolescence. During this stage adolescences must decide who they are, what they believe, and what they want to be as an adult (Ciccarelli White .Pg 333). Most African American’s aren’t fully aware of their roots, culture and background. When someone thinks of where African American’s originated from the first thing that comes to mind is Africa. However, Caucasians are fully aware of their roots and where they originated from. This is because they aren’t from a specific region, they are from many areas and many different countries. Growing up as a bi-racial child this can be a challenge socially because they won’t be fully aware of their African American background and culture yet they will have understanding and history of their Caucasian side of the family. Another way being bi-racial will affect a child socially is the fact that many people will look at he or she as being privileged because his father is Caucasian and in today’s society “white privilege” is something that is an important …show more content…
Studies have shown that families of interracial relationships and children deal with the fear of a bi-racial child having to experience hate crimes because of their ethnic backgrounds (Warren , "Living Interracial"). In today’s society we have seen a spike in crimes against individuals based off of their skin color or race. Another issue that parents may face are parenting styles. Researchers have concluded that individuals of African American and minority backgrounds tend to use more of an authoritarian type of parenting in comparison to whites ("Parenting Styles - Cultural and Ethnic Variations In Parenting Styles"). Families who don’t agree with interracial couples also can cause tension and stress within the home. This may cause problems between the mother and father as well as the families, something that can cause emotional distress on the

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