I was born African American/Black. I believe that Racism & Prejudice starts in the home by parents and elders teaching young children to not play with or hang out with or specifically Not date or marry people of different skin color, races or nationalities. Also, it depends on what type of neighborhood a person is born into and grows up in.
For example, if a person grows up in an all Black, all White, all Asian or all Latino area or a predominately one race country, that is what they are use to seeing and their views are going to be to have more of a closed mind and closed heart unless they are taught by their parents to be open to learn and love all cultures and races.
The late great Bruce Lee once said something like, "every race on the planet has something beautiful to offer." We as people just have to open our hearts and minds to see it and accept it.
Thank God, Jesus Christ, I grew up in Denver, Colorado in the 1970's in a racially mixed neighborhood my whole life and I am so blessed to have parents that taught my two brothers and my one sister and I that it did not matter what race of girl (for my brothers and I) to date and marry or what race of boy (for my sister) to marry as long as we loved each other and treated each other with respect.
I never once had to worry about bringing a non Black girl home to meet my parents or siblings.
I love what Ken Tanabe has done by starting such an awesome website. Prior to his website, the only other awesome thing out was a magazine published from 1990-1999 by an African American woman (Candy Mills) and her White American husband (Gabe Gosz) titled "Interrace". I strongly supported this magazine and told everyone whose heart and mind was open about it. Now, I am telling everyone that I know who have an open mind and heart or that are involved in interracial relationships or marriages about this great website.
I am so thankful for what the Lovings did in 1958 which paved the way for such marriages between actor/actress George Standford Brown & Tyne Daly, Quincy Jones & Peggy Lipton, Sidney Poitier & Joanna Shimkus and the beautiful German model Heidi Klum and singer Seal and to see the beautiful Armenian girl, Kim Kardashian dating African American ball player Reggie Bush. I can still remember when in the 80's Armenians would never have allowed that to happen. That is God speaking in them. As I look around now days, I see more marriages between Blacks and Mexican Latinos and that is a great change from the 70's and 80's, plus my own marriage to a beautiful Latina from Panamá. Also we should also give thanks to our armed forces of America for bringing so many races and skin colors together and also interracial marriages have flourished in the military as well. Interracial marriages have their ups and downs, successes and divorces the same as same race marriages.
I remember in the late 60's, 70's and even into the 80's, where churches, temples and synagogues were all one race i.e all black church, all white church, all latino church. Thank God barriers are being broken down and churches and temples are more multi-racial than ever before and the odd or snide looks are no longer there.
As Pastor Dennis Leonard (Heritage Church-Denver, Co) once said many years ago, "On the spiritual side in heaven, there is No Black side, White side, Hispanic side or Asian side in heaven."
And although God did create a man and woman of every race and skin tone, no where in the Bible does it state that two people of different races or skin colors can not marry. What it does say is not to marry a non believer in God and Jesus Christ.
Peace & Blessings.