RACE INTERMIXTURE IS DISCUSSED WITHOUT VOTE
TAKE UP INTERMIXING FROM BOTH SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS
No vote was taken in the debate last night between the Liberal Club and the negro speakers of Lincoln University, held in Tremont Temple before a motley-colored audience on the question: "Resolved, That further intermixing of races in the United States is desirable." The intermixing was considered both from its biological and its social aspects.
J. K. Fairbank '29 opened the debate by stating the question and presenting the problem of race prejudice as hampering our civilization. "Social intermixing is very desirable," declared Fairbank, "but the biological fusion of races only the future will determine. The negroes, just as the whites, have one civilization, the American civilization. There are no grounds for the prevalent race prejudice, based on economic conditions of past years, except failure to understand."
Thurgood Marshall, the first negative speaker, introduced the definition of "intermixing" as "intimate and indiscriminate association." Such intermixing produces descendants neither colored nor white, frequently ostracized by both, he went on to say. "The family unit is destroyed, and all genuine society suffers. All intermixing in times of slavery was illegal intermixing. Perhaps some one in the audience would make this legal. But did Prohibition purge John Barleycorn?"
E.H. Hubbard '30 stated that the affirmative side was not advocating inter- marriage, but that it did declare that any legal prohibition against intermarriage should be removed. "They say that Cupid is blind, very probably color-blind." He advocated social intermixing as broadening our civilization.
R. H. Hill, the last negative speaker, showed the harshness of southern states toward the negro. In Alabama the penalty for "intermarriage or intermixture" is imprisonment for from two to seven years. "And the affirmative maintains that intermixing is desirable, when a lynching awaits such a marriage!" he said. "According to the constitutions of five southern states, a man with one-eighth negro blood is a negro.