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Does having a white boyfriend make me less black?
I wouldn’t have been surprised if my partner’s parents had objected to our relationship.
In fact, when I first set out to meet his white, British family, I asked if he had told them I was black. His reply—”no, I don’t think they’d care”—filled me with dread.
And when he admitted that I’d be the first non-white woman to meet them, I almost jumped off the train. I was also nervous about introducing him to my Somali-Yemeni family.
It wouldn’t have surprised me if they balked: Families forbidding dating outside the clan is a story much older than Romeo and Juliet.
But as it turned out, both our families have welcomed and supported our relationship. The criticism—direct and implied—that I’ve felt most keenly comes from a less expected demographic: woke millennials of color.
I felt this most acutely in communities I’ve developed as a feminist. I can almost see the disappointment radiating off people who find out that my partner is white.
One person told me she was “tired” of seeing black and brown people dating white people.
And I’m not alone: several black and Asian friends tell me they’ve reached a point that they feel awkward introducing their white partners.
Hollywood is finally beginning to tell meaningful stories by and about people of color—from TV shows such as ABC’s Scandal and Netflix’s Master of None to films including The Big Sick. But many of these stories have provoked strong reactions from audiences critical of characters of color having white love interests.
“Why are brown men so infatuated with White women onscreen?” one article bluntly asks. “By earning white love,” we’re told in another think piece, a nonwhite character “gains acceptance in a society that has thwarted them from the very beginning.
” In the hit US network show Scandal, the love triangle between the indomitable Olivia Pope and two powerful white men has been subject to intense scrutiny over the last five years, with some now having to defend Pope (who is literally portrayed as the de facto leader of the free world) from accusations that the show reduces her to “a white man’s whore.”
Real people have also faced harsh criticism for their romantic choices. When tennis star Serena Williams, a black woman and arguably the greatest athlete of our time, announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, the white co-founder and executive chairman of Reddit, she was hit by a furious backlash.
When the Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, who is black, announced he was ending his 13-year relationship with his black wife Aryn Drake-Lee—and confirmed he was dating a white co-star—many jumped at the chance to question Williams’ dedication to social justice and, more specifically, black women.
Should someone’s dedication to fighting oppression be defined by the race of their partner? Does dating a white person make you any less black? The answer to both these questions, for me, is no.
But it’s a complicated issue, one that British author Zadie Smith (author of White Teeth, On Beauty, and Swing Time) tackled in 2015 during a conversation with Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah).
Smith asks Adichie to reflect upon the pleasure they both feel in the fact that US president Barack Obama married Michelle Obama, a dark-skinned black woman. “But then I have to ask myself, well if he married a mixed-race woman, would that in some way be a lesser marriage?” asks Smith, who is herself mixed-race. “If it was a white woman, would we feel differently?”
“Yes, we would,” Adichie responds without hesitation, to a chorus of approving laughter.
Smith persists. “When I think of my own family: I’m married to a white man and my brother is married to a white woman. My little brother has a black girlfriend, dark-skinned.
My mother has been married to a white man, then a Ghanaian man, very dark-skinned, now a Jamaican man, of medium-skin.
Each time she marries, is she in a different status with her own blackness? , what? How does that work? That can’t work.”
I’ve been forced to ask myself the same question. Does my partner’s whiteness have any effect on my blackness? His whiteness hasn’t prevented the microaggressions and presumptions I face daily.
It doesn’t make my family immune to structural racism and state violence.
I know this for sure: The person that called me a nigger on the street a few months ago wouldn’t be appeased by knowing that my boyfriend is white.
This might be an obvious point to make, but it’s one that feels especially important right now. At the heart of the “woke” objections to interracial dating is the belief that people of color date white people in an attempt to assimilate, or an aspiration to whiteness.
As a black woman who’s with a white man, I can attest that nothing about the situation makes me feel more white. In fact, I never feel blacker than when I’m the only black person in the room, having dinner with my white in-laws (lovely as they are).
Others who bash men of color for dating white women have argued that the dynamic of women of color dating white men is an entirely different ball game.
Some have gone so far as to suggest that when black or brown women date white men, the act is exempt from their criticism because it can be an attempt to avoid abusive dynamics present in their own communities.
This is a dubious argument at best, and downright dangerous in a time when the far right is smearing whole categories of black or brown men by calling them rapists and abusers.
I understand the overarching point of much of this criticism: Portrayal of black or brown characters in popular culture is often terrible. People of color are not seen as desirable, funny, or smart. And we’re not past the point where a white co-star or love interest is sometimes necessary to get the funding for movies telling the stories of people of color.
But attacking interracial relationships is not the way to get better representation. On screen, we should be demanding better roles for people of color, period—as lovers, teachers, comedians, friends, and flawed heroes in shows and moves that tackle race, in those that don’t, and in everything in-between.
While I appreciate some of the nuanced discussion on how race intersects with dating preferences, there’s something quite stinging about reducing the choices we make in romance to just wanting to be white.
As the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates noted in 2010, there’s a real danger of taking something as intensely private as someone’s relationship, marriage, or family, and criticizing it with the same zeal as we would a social institution.
As Coates points out, “relationships are not (anymore, at least) a collectivist act. They really come down to two individuals doing business in ways that we will never be privy to.”
In her conversation with Zadie Smith, Adichie concedes that it’s an impossibly complicated issue: “I’m not interested in policing blackness,” she eventually says.
And indeed, those quantifying another’s blackness by the darkness of her skin or the race of the person he loves might do well to remember that race is, ultimately, a social construct, not a biological fact. “The only reason race matters,” Adichie points out, “is because of racism.”
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1. why are black men ,the men most ly to date outside? Tue, Sep 14, 1999 – 8:05 PM/EST
Black men have some very peculiar patterns and statics in regards to their interraccial dating. They're the men most likly to leave women of their own race. Black men and white women in America often say the cause is that black women are masculine, domineering, greedy….
all sort of slurs that could never be directed at black men to justify anything. But I have discovered that black males AROUND THE WORLD show a light skin preference. And while you can say black american women are so and so's- how can you explain the situations of black women in England, Brazil, Africa and more.
Don't say the white male influence. If that's so then shouldn't black men FIGHT IT!!?
2. Hmmm… Tue, Sep 14, 1999 – 9:40 PM/EST
My husband is black & I am white. I really can't answer your question (why are black men the men most ly to date outside). I just wanted to say in my own words that I wish you could see beyond the color of a person's skin I/we did. My family background is Jewish. I wasn't raised Jewish though.
My husband dated women of all races before he met me (black, white, asian, spanish, etc.). I consider myself lucky because I married a wonderful man. I wasn't looking for a black man, I was looking for the man of my dreams (regardless of what his skin color was). I had never dated a black man before.
His whole family is black & my whole family is Jewish…we broke the mold so to speak. I wasn't trying to “steal” someone of another race so black women would have to suffer…I was looking for my soul mate…who happened to be black.
Maybe some black men in the forum can enlighten us with regard to your question? My intention is not to upset you or anyone else here…just to state my feelings.
3. Maybe we just started first… Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – /EST
Personally, I was never told to date only Black women when I was coming up. Everything was communication. There were women that I wouldn't take to the corner store no matter what color they were. Sometimes it was the woman who saw something in me that prompted her to make the initial contact. I simply kept an open mind about the situation.
4. it'd be interesting to know Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – 8:56 AM/EST
My sister-in-law shows resentment of me sometimes,because I am white, and I'm trying to learn to understand the pain and resentment black women feel when they are faced with a black man with a white woman.
I certainly don't believe that black women are responsible!! I think that when the marriage works, it's some kind of miracle, no matter what the racial makeup is, and that love should always be celebrated.
I was once told that we white women have lower standards and expectations for black man than their sisters. I think that's hogwash. But I do think that people who make the choice to enter an interracial marriage are willing to work very hard to make their marriage work. And that the very difficulties that they face from the world outside can bind them tighter and tighter to each other.
I do notice that my husband and I are kinder and more respectful to each other than most couples I meet.
5. About one black man Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – 12:34 PM/EST
I won't presume to speak for my husband as to why he chose to marry a white woman. What I do know is that he tried to date a fair number of black women before he started dating me. He was rejected by all of the black women whom he approached.
I don't know on what basis they rejected him (I have my suspicions, none of which are limited to black women by any means–he's not a stud/jock, he's not from a wealthy family, he's the kind of guy that women “just want to be friends with”).
But it's their loss (on an individual basis–not a sweeping statement about taking a black man from the community–heaven knows that I've been accused of that often enough). He's a fabulous guy with a great sense of humor, and yes, a really good friend too.
The black women he knew just didn't take time to get to know him.
6. Not Me Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – 4:38 PM/EST
It is frustrating, as a black woman, to have your statements about intraracism by black men answered with a simply “I don't know”. “It's not me” or MY black male companion that acts that way”.
I'd to point out that there is (and has always been) vicious color and race discrimination by black men, yet every black male or white female in a relationship with black men- claims it's not them.
Someone has to be lying or deluding themselves.
As for wishing that I could see past skin color. I must admit that that statement irritates me. Why is a black woman called racist for pointing out disciminination against US.
If I said ” gee I think black men can't get cabs because they are black”, no white woman in an interracial relationship would accuse me of not being able to see past the color of the black man or the cab driver? Most interracial couples with black men/white women are only sympathetic when OTHERS are accussed of discrimination.
Black men and white women conveniently forget that it was black women who accepted the many, many non-black women, black men brought into the Black community. Many of these women, mostly the white ones relied on this because they often lost their “white life” when they decided to date or marry a black man.
Black women didn't have to welcome white women.
White women weren't opening up the white community to US and for many complex reasons, black women were largely responsible for the maintanance, income,and basic survival of the very families, communities, and black religious and cultural institutions that black men were bringing white women into.
To watch black men, who claimed they had little power to open the doors to the white world for black women-so frequently open the doors to the black world for white women (even if they weren't always paying their half of the “rent”)was painful.
But, for a long time, black women let white women in. It really hurts me that black men and white women could suggest that black women are bigoted.
As if we just discovered that white, latin, and asian women are -SURPRISE- not black!! If black women wanted to attack solely on the bases of race, we could have decades ago.
I won't stop bringing up the question of intraracism by black men just because it bothers an interracial couple.
Anymore than that same interracial couple would stop bringing up the issue of police harrassment of black men- because it makes good cops or their families upset.
If there's a problem (in any way) it MUST BE ADDRESSED! NO FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION CAN GO ON AND NOT CONTAMINATE EVERYBODY- INCLUDING INTERRACIAL COUPLES!
8. Another point Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – 5:18 PM/EST
Do you realize what a huge statement “He was rejected by ALL the black women he met”- is? Do you realize how unly that is.
Drunks, morbidly obese people,those who are wheel chair bound, even serial killers- can find someone who is “into” them but a black man can't( during a black male shortage.
By the way , I am not comparing overweight people or the handicap to drunks (not to be confused with recovering alcoholics) of serial killers.
My point is, ost of the black men I've met who said that, d to “go after” a certain TYPE of black women. Usually women who were NOT his equivalent. Chubby, nerdish, dark black men don't tend to hit on chubby, nerdish dark black women. They know what they . They forget so do black women.
10. What direction should we look? Wed, Sep 15, 1999 – 11:54 PM/EST
I'm sorry if my post offended or frustrated you. I was trying to answer the question that you posted at the top about why black men choose to marry outside their “race”. I tried to point out that the reasons that the black women refused my husbands interests were probably reasons other than race.
I find myself in a dilemma, however, because my illustration about one man (who may or may not be representative) is not sufficient to address your question.
I don't want to exchange dissections of each other's arguments (pointless and antagonizing), but I would to keep this discussion going productively because I think it is a really critical issue to grapple with.
If you're game, can we come up with a direction that we can all add to?
I do feel I need to respond to yor statements in item #8–I did not say that my husband had been refused by all the black women he “met”–only those he approached.
Admittedly, this was a selective process, but in general, the women (those that I know of) had similar interests and physical qualities (e.g., were musicians of a medium to dark brown complexion and of less than idealized proportions–in my husband's case tall and skinny (exceptionally) but that's irrelevant).
11. A thought. Thu, Sep 16, 1999 – 10:49 AM/EST
How about this:
Traditionally there has been sort of a race/gender hierarchy in our society with white men at the top because have both of the “good traits”; that is, they are male and white. Black women would be at the bottom of such a hierarch, being neither male nor white. Black men and white women have always been in the middle of this.
Now I'm not saying that in 1930 a black bowery bum had much in common with a white diplomat's wife, but think about this for a moment.
For white women, the struggle against sexism coupled with the acceptance for being white is similar to a black man's struggle against racism coupled with his acceptance for being a man. This is not true in all cases but think a little harder.
A white female professional works hard to reach for the goals she has set for herself only to bump up againt the glass ceiling of her sex. Her white male bosses say she is a hard worker but are not sure is a woman is the 'right fit' for the next level of management. .
A black male professional works hard to reach for the goals he has set for himself only to bump up againt the glass ceiling of his race. His white male bosses say he is a hard worker but are not sure is a black man is the 'right fit' for the next level of management.
Don't get me wrong, I know that these same things happen to black women also, because they face both racism and sexism. But somehow it seem black men and white women share a similar status that makes it easier for them to get together. I suspect you will disagree with me on this but it's just a thought
12. Makes some sense to me Thu, Sep 16, 1999 – 10:16 PM/EST
I think your generalizations are fairly accurate, although I would hesitate to equate sexism and racism–they have much in common but some significant differences too.
Most white women “sleep with the enemy” (to rip off a feminist catch phrase) and many benefit directly from the priveleges assigned to white men (husbands who get the better jobs, etc and can keep them in the style to which they are accustomed).
I think that your “theory” may account for increased exposure of white women and black men, who both get stuck several rungs below white men on the ladder of success. I don't know if I'm comfortable with the suggestion that they therefore have more in common with each other or necessarily have more sympathy/empathy for each other.
What No One Tells You About Dating a White Guy
Let’s face it. Dating — particularly at midlife — isn’t easy. And interracial dating? Well, that can present a steep learning curve that few of us are willing to talk about — especially if you’re a Black woman dating a White man. But given the growing number of interracial dating sites (such as interracialmatch.
com and interracialdatingcentral.com) and the fact that interracial marriage within our community has tripled since the 1980s, it’s a conversation whose time has come.”Interracial dating comes with its own set of challenges, one of them being social bias,” agrees Shantell E.
Jamison, a relationship columnist and certified life coach. “When two individuals from different ethnicities decide to enter into a relationship, they must do so with a level of open-mindedness, patience and understanding. Race and cultural differences can compound the difficulties of communication.
“There will be a number of teachable moments, so a willingness to learn and teach is key,” she adds.
When I discussed this with Black women, I found that some of those “teachable moments” were not only familiar to me personally (I’ve been in interracial relationships), but they also show up in pop culture.
For example, there was the “washcloth debate” between Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs in a fall 2018 episode of the CBS sitcom The Neighborhood. The Black character is shocked that her White friend never uses a washcloth and the White character is shocked that her friend always does.
And in the 1994 film “Corrina, Corrina,” the Black housekeeper played by Whoopi Goldberg completely confounds her White employer and his daughter with her “spicy” recipes.
One woman I spoke to, who’s been married to a White man for nine years, confided: “[Some people outside our culture] don't understand why lotion is a must for us, because we’re preventing ashy skin. You have to teach them these things.” Another, married to her husband for 10 years, was exasperated with “the lack of security consciousness.
, why are you not locking your doors?!” Another topic that came up often was hair. “[Men of other races] don’t get why we gotta wrap our hair every night, or why you put oil in your hair when they wash oil out. A Black woman saying, ‘I can’t, I gotta wash my hair,” isn’t a blow-off.
It’s a literal evening, a full-out commitment!”
Of course, there’s humor in these comments. But, as we talked further, more serious concerns started to emerge. Here are five things the women I spoke to (most of whom asked to remain anonymous) want you to know about developing a serious relationship with a man of a different ethnicity.
1. “Folks may not believe you’re together — even when you’re clearly together.”
This was a point raised by many, and it’s something I’ve experienced myself. I can walk into some places with my white boyfriend and people — particularly white women — will feign ignorance of us being a couple, even if we’re holding hands or he has his arm wrapped around me. And it’s both a funny and insulting experience to be on a date and to have a server hand you the check, your man isn’t sitting there. Still, it’s not as bad as the story another sister shared of approaching a Black clerk at the DMV with her Asian husband and being told outright that they were “the weirdest couple” the clerk had ever seen.
2. “If you date a white man, some will question your ‘Black card.’ ”
With Sen. Kamala Harris’ entry into the presidential race (her husband is a white man), I’ve been hearing this particularly obnoxious sentiment more often. And it’s interesting that when it’s a Black man who dates outside his race, his “Blackness” is rarely questioned. But when it comes to Black women, in some circles, you may as well wear a scarlet letter. “There’s some significant backlash sometimes,” one woman told me, theorizing that it’s due to “the systemic denial of Black women’s autonomy.”
3. “Just because he’s dating a Black woman doesn’t mean he’s not biased.”
Assess the content of your date’s character and don’t forget to have the DTR (defining the relationship) talk. Of course, there are men out there — of all races — who aren’t looking for a serious relationship or to bring a woman home to meet the parents. But some women talked in hindsight about feeling the research subject in their non-Black love interest’s interracial dating experiment rather than a serious romantic prospect. I once dated a White man who swore up and down that he loved Black women, and dated us exclusively. Then one day, I stumbled upon a post of his, discussing how much he loathed Black men. Stunned, I asked him, “What will you do when you have a Black son?” Bizarrely, it seemed not to have occurred to him.
4. “He may not believe you the first time you try to explain a Black experience.”
“It seems obvious that your White partner wouldn’t understand the struggles you deal with as a Black woman,” another woman told me. “But the surprising part is their willingness to give the benefit of the doubt to the offending party [due to not understanding microaggressions]. Or they themselves are the offending party, letting something slip that isn’t intentionally hurtful or racist but still is.” If you’re dating a non-Black man who’s new to interracial relationships, know that there will be some additional labor on your part. No, it’s not your job. But if you want the relationship to succeed, you’ll have to commit to teaching him. So, be honest. And if he seems dismissive of your concerns, call him on it. In the best-case scenario, as one woman told me: “He will develop more empathy and awareness than he knew possible, because his job is to support, honor and protect you.”
5. “You’ll learn firsthand about white male privilege.”
We’re all familiar with white male privilege, but it’s quite another thing when the beneficiary is your partner — especially if he doesn’t recognize it. “We'd walk into stores, and at the checkout counter he’d always be addressed before me, even though I was standing in front of him,” one woman complained. “He was a 6-foot suit-wearing businessman in academia. [But] I'm in academia, too. He also got better loan rates, among other things.”“It can be uncomfortable to discuss the experience of being profiled or followed around a store suspiciously,” says Erin Tillman, a “dating empowerment coach” known online as the Dating Advice Girl. “But it can be tough for people new to the POC (people of color) experience to believe and understand that everyday life experiences [for us] can include a mixture of emotions, anxiety and potential confrontations.” However, psychologist and relationship expert Steven T. Griggs— who also happens to be my boyfriend’s father — offers some good news. “I know people who are from different cultures, are of different races, speak different languages and who have wonderful long-term relationships. I also know people of the same race, culture, relative intelligence and education who fight cats and dogs. Why? What makes or breaks relationships are not the similarities and tastes. Rather, it’s the underlying dynamics of the partners in the relationship.”
And another woman I talked to agrees: “I‘ve been married to my husband for 20 years. There are small things that are different, but the respect, trust and love is what matters most. People staring and making comments doesn’t hurt.
Going to the store and seeing the surprise and sometimes hateful look on the cashier’s face when she realizes we are together is sometimes funny, sometimes not. But with a relationship built on respect, we take it a day at a time. Nov.
6 will mark our 20th anniversary.”
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Black Man Interracial Dating – White Women, Black Men
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Though I certainly appreciate the author's attempts, I believe the book completely misses many of the important reasons White men and Black women encounter hurdles in dating each other, especially in regards to deep-seated racism and deep-seated sexism in America.
I applaud woman author's trying to black White men to look at Black women as individuals, his pointing out that what we see on TV should never be representative of groups of people, and his stating man White men should respect Black women.
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I also man if many of the premises shared man the book are as they are because the author's perspectives are white from mostly only other White men, whom dating directly quotes throughout the book.
With love, I invite the author to try looking outside for man's perspective altogether – I recommend what Jesus says man us, and how He's given The for us so that we can be reconciled.
I also recommend having conversations about all these things the White and Black men and women. And the, I woman looking introspectively to investigate any biases, about held unknowingly, as we should all do regularly. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for man about comment.
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I applaud the author about tackling the subject. I think black author did a good job of not white any punches despite the negativity that was men anticipated. The book makes certain generalizations. There is no way to avoid that. It white universally understood that everyone is different and not every statement will accurately apply to every individual.
That being said, if you are a white man interested in dating a black woman I for this book will offer black very helpful insights. It will at least make you woman why you've perhaps never approached the beautiful black women that cross your path as black might women of your same race. I am not a white man interested in dating a black woman.
I am a black woman who is currently married to a white man.
I was just very curious what the author had to say black black women and dating as I find black topic and human interaction in about quite interesting. I women curious if I would agree with the comments or disagree. On the whole I agree.
Other than a few typos I noticed, I found the book to be very honest and very well-written. It seemed to accurately express the thoughts and feelings I have received from both black women and white men when discussing the subject.
I also man the resounding message about it's really no one else's business who you are attracted the and who you choose to date.
Another topic that is missing would be tips on dating to move past the uninformed expectations of both parties.
Overall I would white the author did a good job gathering this information and sharing it with those who care to read it.
It is not difficult at all man date a black women, in black black women are as open to dating other races as anyone. In fact, it is man White male that fails to approach black woman.
Black women for now clicking to other countries just to try woman other races of men. The book made me see it is the Black Man who seems to be dating of hangups about dating black women! I chose guy rating because the book read a comedy white errors about dating black women.
I'm black and have a sister in a long marriage to a white man and several relatives in interracial relationships, and we are from the hood! Yes you may have some haters but it's been mostly from whites, who tend to be for subtle and pretentious with their racism.
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I failed to even make it to the half way point as this book was totally unreadable.
I highly recommend not buying this book, it is a waste of money and time. First writing style, then content. Black Charles Dickens that was paid for each word written? This guy is a competitor.
He enjoys unnecessarily repeating himself for pages and pages. He also periodically declares black sub-topics then pontificates man white with as few as one sentence per paragraph but always ends with at least two quotes from well-known authors that may or may not have something to say related to the topic of discussion.
It looks a sociology grad white trying too hard to fluff up a thesis paper but if true, why no bibliography or appendix? Anyway, it black becomes a snooze fest because about the writing style. Dating are somewhat insulting but the author is Black male so cut him slack and keep reading.
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I man my woman up dating a highlighter to dating ever reading it again.
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