Western societies of the past embraced a practical approach to interracial relationships. This led to segregation between those of Afroethnic and Euroethnic descent. In America, this practical social organization was destroyed during the 1960s civil rights movement after it was proclaimed “immoral” to socially separate different ethnic groups.
Besides the problem of anathematizing a separation that is often supported in the Bible, the moralization of race relations is endemic of a broader twenty-first century Western problem: the divorce between practical reality and morality.
It is itself immoral to divorce practicality from morality. Founding a society’s social structure on practical reality leads to a functional, stable, and healthy society. Founding a society’s social structure on unfounded notions of morality unrelated to God’s created reality leads to dysfunction, instability, and an unhealthy society.
It is obviously immoral to impose a dysfunctional, unstable, and unhealthy society upon any group of people when a superior alternative is possible. Loving one another necessitates acting in the interest of one’s fellow man.
The moralization of race relations elevates the question of interracial interaction to a stand-alone abstract moral question divorced from practical considerations. The Bible never elevates the issue to such a lofty position, and God has given no direct specific guidance on the political issue of interracial social relationships. Christians must assume God intends for us to hold the issue to the same standard we hold all our social questions. Namely, by practically evaluating the scenarios as they present themselves and doing what is best for those we love.
Racial integration is not morally superior to segregation if segregation works in the best interest of a society’s population. After evaluating the last seventy years of racial integration in the United States it is nearly impossible to conclude that integration has been successful.
American society has become less Christian, more violent, more unstable, and less capable of cooperating as a community unit since the 1960s. African-Americans in particular have less stable families than they did during segregation and more of their males are locked in prison. Their overall economic situation has declined. European-Americans have faced increased security problems related to African-American criminal activity, and they are discriminated against because of affirmative action diversity initiatives.
The special moralization of the race question has produced an immoral social structure.