That's not to say that Will's dating history has anything to do with not appreciating his lineage or roots.Only he can speak to exactly why he's only ever dated white women. But Will choosing not to own up to his, no matter how controversial it may seem, is where my beef lies. From witnessing the peace that comes with letting a good “Whaboom” off your chest, to getting a taste of what racism and manipulation can do to a black man’s character, the episodes thus far have led to a whirlwind of emotions — both high and low.
According to Will, his dating history is totally reflective of his upbringing.
During part two of episode five, the sales manager explained to fellow castmate Eric, and later Rachel, that he grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and school district. To someone who's never experienced being a minority in an all-white town, this may sound like a viable excuse.
That's not to say that explanation applies to all other interracial relationships.
Love is love, and if the love of someone's life just so happens to be of another race, who is anyone else to judge?
It's only an issue when someone dates outside their race — more specifically, black men choosing not to date black women — and intentionally deprecates the value of women who look like their mother, sister, aunts, etc., because they don't uphold a certain standard of beauty.
That's a form of self-hatred, and I'm not here for any of it.
Yet, when she spoke of her own dating history, it turns out that Rachel has only really ever dated black men.
And I can say that from my own experience, I've only ever dated black men as well.
And while, as a black woman, I find the thought alone a little off-putting, you can't fault someone for liking who they like.
But instead of owning his preference, Will deflected his reasoning onto the environment he grew up in.
But because Rachel, as well as myself, had similar experiences growing up, we weren't buying it.