As we’ve seen from the recent uproar of the biracial family Cheerios commercial, all of society is still not okay with the status of American Americans and may even still gasp at the possibility of an interracial relationship. Despite what the nay sayers say or think, you can’t help you love and you can’t try to force yourself to fit a mold that was never made for you in the first place. People like what they like. Point, blank period. If you like Black women and you’re a White male, are you supposed to force yourself to be attracted to and start a relationship with someone of your same complexion just because people may have a problem with you dating a Black woman? To put the shoe on the other foot, if you’re a White woman who’s attracted to Black males, that doesn’t mean you’re trying to steal the few Black brothas left from Black women.
In the documentary special “Dark Girls” premiering on Oprah’s OWN network this Sunday, there’s a segment of the show that features White men who are in relationships with African-American women. The first male featured in the clip, hip-hop author and journalist Soren Baker, reveals that he has pretty much always like Black women and even went as far as to ask his father if he minded him maybe marrying a Black women. He said that his father didn’t mind and as you saw from the picture, Baker married a Black woman.
The other White male in the clip said that it wasn’t his goal to go out and find the “deepest, darkest, sister out there”. It just so happens that the person he fell in love with happened to be a darker skinned woman. We’ve already discussed the different color complexion issues with the Black community itself but let’s examine the complexion variations that are not exclusive to the Black community. Interracial relationships (not just Blacks and Whites) are on the rise in U.S.
As reported by Daily News:
Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million – a record 1 in 12 – as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses. Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites…. study finds that 8.4 percent of all current U.S. marriages are interracial, up from 3.2 percent in 1980. While Hispanics and Asians remained the most likely, as in previous decades, to marry someone of a different race, the biggest jump in share since 2008 occurred among blacks, who historically have been the most segregated.
The Daily News also reported that about mixed race couples make up “9 million, or 8 percent of the minority population and “together with blacks, Hispanics and Asians, the Census Bureau estimates they collectively will represent a majority of the U.S. population by mid-century”.
If the U.S. population is heading towards a predominantly mixed race nation, don’t you think some people should just get over their outdated, ignorant and discriminatory ways? After all, America is referred to as a “melting pot” so why are people still surprised or bothered by it’s contents?
Click here to watch rapper Eve speak on her interracial relationship.
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