In my last blog post, (which you can still read on this site), I talked about the 35th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown...the world's first "test-tube baby". When it happened, the sides were pretty clear. You had one camp that was against such an abomination...the scientific community who heralded it as a great advance...and lots of people who didn't quite know what to think. 35 years later, IVF is a routine procedure to help couples or individuals conbceive children if their having problems doing it 'naturally'. It's become acceptable in our society, despite the fact that it started out with a large group of very vocal detractors. All it took was one generation or less for that shift in thinking to happen. The people who were against it gained more knowledge and what was scary and unknown, became less scary...taking away most every reason to be against it.
Why is this part 2 of a blog? I was reading a study recently where a bunch of kids, ages 7 to 13, were brought in to watch a controversial television commercial. It was the ad where a woman was talking with her little girl about Cheerios and how it could help daddy's heart health. The dad wakes on the couch from his nap with cereal poured all over his chest...obviously from his girl who wants him to be healthy. Why is that controversial? I forgot to mention that the woman is white, the dad is black and the girl is bi-racial. Comments were largely positive, but there were enough negatives about how dare this company push inter-racial marriage on the community through this propaganda that Cheerios decides to dis-able the comment section on their website. Anyway, the kids were shown the video and not told why it was controversial...only that it was. After watching, NONE of the kids involved in the study could tell researchers why they thought the ad caused such a stir. To them, it was normal, healthy family. They didn't see color, or the fact that just a generation or 2 ago, that many states still had laws on the books that made it against the law for a white person to mary a black person because such a union was 'against the natural order of things'. All they know is that a pretty good percentage of their friends have grown up in families where inter-racial dating and marriage is the norm. New stats say that 15% of all couples in the US are multi-racial. Apparently we're going to have to wait for that generation to grow into adults before we start to see another shift towards acceptance.
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