Legislation and criminalization are not things which just appear among a people; they require a substantive consent of the populace (or apathy).
I think it is clear that when we discern whether America has morally improved from then until now, it raises serious questions as to the permissibility of interracial marriage today.
Is it really sensible to believe that, among all the radical changes in the social fabric of our nation heretofore, most of which have led to severe moral decadence, the changes associated with race and miscegenation have been moral ?
In a speech he delivered in 1968, Muhammad Ali said quite directly that all white men and women “in their right minds” would oppose miscegenation, and then he said the same about blacks as well (watch the video here).
He shows us a stark example of a black man who, when all the talk of racial integration and black civil rights was on the American political landscape, still viewed miscegenation as unnatural and wrong — and his audience did not brand him as racist and bigoted for doing so.
I have in mind Muhammad Ali, the famous black boxer.
He clearly could not be accused of white supremacy for being against miscegenation.
” The proper choice between those two, of course, is to select the believing spouse of a different race.
Thus, this hypothetical advocate of miscegenation will have proven that there are circumstances (albeit rare ones) in which interracial marriage is permissible; but his error exposes itself when he then presumes that because miscegenation can be appropriate in such unordinary circumstances, then it must be inherently appropriate in all circumstances. The answer could lie somewhere on the continuum between “wrong in all circumstances” and “wrong in no circumstances.” It could be, when all is said and done, that miscegenation is wrong in no circumstances whatsoever; it could be that it is wrong in basically all circumstances, extraordinary situations excepted.
For instance, John Piper contends that “interracial marriage is not only permitted by God but is a positive good in our day.” Similarly, secular humanist Paul Kurtz gives a more comprehensive and forthright affirmation of miscegenation when he states, “The highest good, as I see it, is intermarriage between people of different ethnicities, races, religions, and cultures.” Against views like these, it is rare to hear an opposing opinion today, and this is usually because any opposition to miscegenation — even saying merely that it is not a good idea — receives accusations of racism or, if the voice of opposition is a white person, white supremacy.