Answer the following questions with in-depth self-reflective responses (use questions to create section headings):
1. Description of the experience, event, ceremony, etc.
2. Why did you choose this experience and how has it opened your eyes to a different cultural experience?
3. How has this experience impacted you emotionally?
4. How will this experience make you a better counselor?
5. How can this experience help you and possibly other counselors in their clinical work with clients?
6. How have you been changed by this experience?
7. Has this experience changed your worldview?
One of contentious issues in America has been on the interracial romance. Not everyone was kept away by the antimiscegenation laws that prohibited interracial marriages. Several white slave masters fathered several children with black women. After the striking down of antimiscegenation laws in America, the interracial marriages increased by more than triple. More specific, the interracial dating has increased dramatically among the American youth because not all states had laws that prohibited such marriages. Some estimates show that more than 70% of African Americans belong to a white and black couple. More teenagers date outside their race. Such interrelationships have been due to high immigration rates and racial integration (Fu & Heaton, 2008). However, opponents of such dating indicate that marrying outside a race is a betrayal to the family and abandonment to a cultural heritage. Several African Americans holds that these marriages destroy the unity of the African American society. Conventional whites oppose because they feel they will be made a minority race. Similarly, some feel that it will eradicate the European American culture. The study aims at exploring an interracial marriage as a culturally diverse experience/ceremony while making self reflective responses.
Description of the Event
The wedding ceremony was held in a church between two Christians; a black African American and a white American. With the wedding guests seated, some organic music was playing as a prelude. After a while, an attention was called for indicating the start of the procession. The immediate family members to both the bride and the bride groom walked down the aisle and took the front seats on both side of the alter. At this time, it is good to note that the seating arrangements were not specific and both the whites mixed freely in any direction. Then the clergy followed accompanied by the groom and took the seats within the altars position. After these, there followed the candle lighters who lit the candles and took their position. Then followed the flower girls sprinkling some fragrance after which a ring bearer took the procession. Finally, a bell was rung indicating the entry of the bride accompanied by the maid of honor and headed to the altars position but not next to the bride. The officiant sought some divine intervention and welcomed the congregation in witnessing the solemn engagement. After the welcoming remarks, the officiant
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