When White people find themselves in relationships with loving, caring partners who also happen to be Black or minority, but does not fit those often deeply internalized stereotypes, internal conflict can arise.And sadly, this conflict is often resolved by creating an “exception” of a partner while holding on to the deeply ingrained, racist notions.
A human is not merely a stereotype or a fetish and should not be seen or used in that way, especially not in a romantic partnership. Opinions of interracial unions are changing, but not quickly enough everywhere.
Interracial marriage was only recently decriminalized in 1967 (Loving v. Before that date, it was actually illegal to marry outside of your race in the United States of America.
Though we have legally progressed beyond such archaic beliefs, some 21 percent of Republican Alabama residents still believe that anti-miscegenation laws should be reenacted.
A similar poll conducted in Mississippi found that 29 percent of local Republicans held the same belief.
One of my male relatives brought home a date for Thanksgiving who could have been Barbie's twin sister.
She was blonde, thin, big-bosomed, and even had a Germanic name.I recently got into a interesting conversation with a few White women I know, who happen to date Black or minority men, and it really highlighted a need to explore the complexities of such unions in greater depth.Though I do support the right to love, regardless of color (or gender/gender identity), I also believe that the challenges of interracial relationships are often obscure and infrequently discussed.Just because you’re dating a Black person does not mean it’s impossible for you to say/do racist things, and it doesn’t absolve you of recognizing your White privilege. As discussed in point one, many non-minority people exist in a majority world where they infrequently encounter and experience racism.That privilege is revoked when you decide to date interracially.Many of the racist notions and opinions that may have otherwise seemed trivial carry far more weight in the presence of a non-White partner.