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.
For people of color who live in a White-dominated country, many of those experiences will be plagued by racism.
A significant other who dismisses or trivializes those realities could never provide adequate support for their non-White partner in relationship.
A romantic relationship is supposed to provide a safe space for individuals to express their feelings and come to terms with their life experiences.Ladies, let's say you have your choice of 4 guys, each is a "10" and all else is equal.One is a baldie, one has dreadlocks, one has braids, the other has a standard "fade" Which look would you gravitate to?To put it bluntly, many White people simply have no idea what they are getting into when they begin relationships with people of color. If you don’t believe racism exists, don’t date interracially.
To raise awareness of the issues such individuals may encounter, I decided to write this list. While confined to the realms of “Whiteness,” a person can remain ignorant to the experiences of racism that constantly leave people of color feeling diminished and undervalued.
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.