(1922) Racial Intermarriages: Their Scientific Aspect Specially Compiled for the Consideration of Parsees in Connection With the Juddin Question
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xiACIAL INTERMARRIAGES: THEIR SCIENTIFIC ASPECT.
Specially compiled for the consideration of Parsees in
connection with the Juddin question-
of the books quoted from, for which
abbreviations have been used in
their respective abbreviations.
E. B., Vol. IV.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. IV.
Hutchinson, History of " Hutchinson's Nations ... History of the Nations The Phoenecians and the Cartha-
and f conditions whatever. By all means, therefore, peremptorily interdict
Spencer," pp. 322-23.
The proverbial degeneration
of the half-caste is no doubt reversion to a primitive type which results from a cross. It would be interesting to quote a few opinions as to the utterly irredeemable character of crossed races. The whole question is summed in the remark made to up pithily Livingstone by an inclue to that
habitant on the Zambesi
Mack men lut
well as the black one
men and God made The white man
right so long as he preserves the purity of his blood but as soon as both intermingle and the pure currents is all
are allowed to cross each other there
reversion to a primitive
and savage condition.' "Social constitutions of this kind, in which aptitudes for forming un-
62 are manifestly
unstable equilibrium. in the absence of
considerable shock dissolves the organization
unity of tendency, re-establishment of it is difficult if not impossible. In cases where the conquering and conquered, though widely unlike, intermarry extensively, a kindred effect is produced in another way. The con-
from one line of ancestry proclivities adapted to one set of institutions, and from the other line of ancestry proclivities adapted to another set of institutions, is not fitted for either. He is a unit whose nature has not been moulded by any social type, and therefore cannot, with inheriting
Modern- Mexico and the South American Republics, with their perpetual revolutions, show iis the result. It is observable, too, that where races of strong-contrasted natures have
others like himself, evolve any social type.
mixed more or
less, or, remaining but little mixed, occupy adjacent areas same government, the equilibrium maintained so long as that government keeps up the coercive form, shows itself to be unstable when the coercion relaxes. Spain with its diverse peoples, Basque, Celtic, Gothic, Moorish, Jewish, partially mingled and partially localized, shows us this
subject to the
SPENCER, Sociology, pp. 592-94. " I think the half-caste race between Indian and African
worst mixture there can
"We had what
one of the
the Indian and the Swahili and those were useless physically, and morally
they were bad, and they were no
advantage at all." SIR JOHN from India to the
Colonies and Protectorates), June 1909. " The bloods of white and black races should not interblend.
perhaps, have been due to a disregard of this principle that the cause of progress failed so often in. Africa. The superiority of the progressive communities was lost by admixture with African blood." GENERAL SMUTS,
Speech at a dinner in July 1917. ''These latter facts
of the statements,
travellers in all parts of the world, on the degraded state and savage disposition of crossed races of man. That many excellent and kind-hearted
mulattoes have existed no of
oiie will dispute and a more mild and gentle set could hardly be found than the inhabitants of the island of Chiloe,
consist of Indians
the other hand,
commingled with Spaniards in various proportions.
whatever the cause might
had thought of the present South America, men of com-
years ago, long before I
was struck with the
a good expression.
unimpeachable authority cannot be quoted
the Zambesi, described by the Portuguese as a rare monster of inhumanity, remarks, "It is unaccountable why half-castes, such as he, are
cruel than the- Portuguese', but such is undoubtedly the case." inhabitant remarked to Livingstone, "God made white men, and God made black men, but the Devil made half-castes." When two races, both
low in the scale, are crossed, the progeny seems to be eminently bad. the noble-hearted Humboldt,
no prejudice against the
speaks in strong terms of the bad and savage disposition of Zambos, or halfand this conclusion has been arrived castes between Indians and Negroes ;
at by various observers.
we may perhaps infer