Issues dealing with interracial dating

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.And such displays of ignorance, sadly, tend to become a frequent part of your interaction with the world as you move through it beside a person of color, including when dealing with family, loved ones, coworkers and authority figures. This same White curiosity will lead many to ask you some pretty ignorant questions about your partner so be prepared. Society fetishizes mixed babies, but does not treat mixed-race individuals well.

Many of these stereotypes create the lens through which we experience people of other races, especially since society tends to be racially segregated, disallowing first-hand experience of other ethnicities/races.

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.

As I explained above, many can maintain prejudiced and even racist ideas while also having relationships with people of other races.

These attitudes have been ingrained by a White supremacist/patriarchal society that has created a system of White normalization (i.e. The only way they can be overcome and dispelled are if they are confronted and challenged, not denied or avoided. Be prepared to encounter ignorance, even from your own family and close friends.

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