For something that was illegal in America up until it was formally declared legal in 1967 and will even now, still cause a lot of tongues to wag and heads to shake in our various African societies, interracial marriages are certainly becoming more commonplace. They are basically a marriage between two spouses of different races and that explanation makes it is easy to understand why it most often causes such emotional upheaval or shock when it is even merely considered or discussed.
Different races would mean different traditions and cultures, it could also mean a determination to uproot one life from one place to another. So while internet connectivity, social media and dating apps are making it easy to meet and date people from anywhere around the world, it should matter to some relatives or outside entities who stay reluctant about these marriages, that the decision to go on with them would most likely not come easily to the parties involved.
What do interracial marriages mean for Africa though? It certainly shows that we are more open-minded and getting less concerned about the boundaries of age-old traditions, but is this a good thing? One of the strongest reasons that still exists for an African getting into the institution of marriage is the chance to procreate and raise children in a conducive home atmosphere.
With interracial marriages however, it is harder to stir a child in one cultural direction. What occurs however is a mixture of beliefs and traditions that may leave the child adrift in the world, unsure of where to actually call home. As true as this may be, it is also needful to note that there do exist children born in homes with parents who are not only from the same race, but also the same tribe and yet have no clue about anything related to the customs and traditions of the tribe.
That would go to show that if in any way interracial marriages take anything from our culture, it is not the fault of the institution but blame can rather more accurately be placed or allocated to carelessness of not teaching the child accordingly. It is up to us, no matter the circumstance to pass down the culture of our people to our children and this can be done in simple ways like; speaking our mother tongue more frequently to our wards, buying books that paint a flattering and fair picture of African culture and appreciating our history ourselves.
Interracial marriages are hardly killing our culture, if anything they provide us with a unique opportunity of covering the world with our culture and showing forth the best parts of Africa.