Monday, April 9, 2012



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Charles Mills, Philosophy, Northwestern University

Do black men have a moral duty to marry black women? YES
·      Or, if men marry or have relationships with women, do they have a duty to be with black women?
o  Related question: do black women have a moral duty to marry black men?

         Who might answer ‘No’? Why?
         Who might answer ‘Yes’? Why?
-       “solidarity” … we gotta stuck together
-       We need to purify and darken the race…
-       To avoid “black extinction”
-       Would take away potential black fathers.. and black men .. away from black families
-       Against tradition … “that was something that black men used to get murdered for…”
-       Black women have questionable motives … “good hair”… black women are like this (too independent..) and I don’t like that… betrayal..
-       Troubled children…
-       Black men have a duty to marry black women to prove that some “ideal” is possible [?].. and actual..




Mills’ answer: we’re not told yet, but he reports this has been “a major point of contention in the black community for decades, particularly among black women” (135)

I.                
Comments on the question:
·      It’s because of the “differential social status of subordinated and dominant races” (135) that the case for “endogamy” (marriage within a special group as required by custom or law) might be respectable. Not just “nobody should marry outside of their race!” – unrespectable racism.
·      His arguments could apply to non-marital relationships.
·      He’s not going to discuss black women/white men relationships. Why?

II.
        
“If this notion seems strange and bizarre to most liberal white philosophers, then, this simply reflects the fact that, while the black male voice is still under-represented in the academic, the black female voice has until recently been silenced altogether” (138)

Similar remarks made at the end of the essay.

        
III

1.   The racial purification, or “Let’s get the cream out of the coffee” argument
2.   The racial caution, or “Don’t get the white folks mad” argument
3.   The racial solidarity, or “No Sleeping with the enemy” argument
4.   The racial demographics, or “Where are all the black men? argument
5.   The tragic mulattos-to-be, or “Burden on the children” argument
6.   The questionable motivations or “Maybe you can fool that stupid white bitch, nigger, and maybe you can fool yourself, but you’re not fooling anybody else,” argument

1.   The racial purification, or “Let’s get the cream out of the coffee” argument

a.    There are “pure” races. ??
b.   We have a duty to create or restore “pure’ races. Why?
c.    Interracial relationships violate this duty.
d.   Therefore, black men have a duty to marry black women.

Obviously this argument wouldn’t apply to couples who aren’t going to have children..

2.   The racial caution, or “Don’t get the white folks mad” argument

a.    Inter-racial relationships bother SOME white people and so set back the cause of civil rights (MAYBE, MAYBE NOT?).
b.   Any action that bothers while people and so sets back the cause of civil rights is wrong. F ???
c.    Therefore, inter-racial relationships are wrong.
d.   Therefore, black men have a duty to marry black women.

3.   The racial solidarity, or “No Sleeping with the enemy” argument

e.    People in inter-racial relationships are less likely to oppose racism and white supremacy (p. 143)
f.     Any relationships that make someone less likely to oppose racism and white supremacy is wrong.
g.    Therefore, inter-racial relationships are wrong.\
h.   Therefore, black men have a duty to marry black women.

“Successful” black men marry white women and leave the black community… (143)

4.   The racial demographics, or “Where are all the black men? argument

a.    If black men seek white women, then black women will not have the mates they desire.
b.   It’s wrong to deprive black women of the mates they desire. WHY???
c.    Inter-racial, esp. black men-white women relationships, deprive black women.
d.   So, inter-racial, esp. black men-white women relationships are wrong.

5.   The tragic mulattos-to-be, or “Burden on the children” argument
a.    Children of inter-racial couples have it especially tough (because they are victims of a special kind of racism). F?
b.   It’s wrong to bring about children who are victims in this way.
c.    Since black-white relationships might do this, they are wrong.
d.   Therefore, black men have a duty to marry black women

6.   The questionable motivations or “Maybe you can fool that stupid white bitch, nigger, and maybe you can fool yourself, but you’re not fooling anybody else,” argument

Black men have “questionable” motivations for marrying white women. (p. 149)
Any action motivated by questionable motives is wrong.
Therefore, black men marrying white women is wrong.


IV
Conclusions?



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