Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Interracial Dating vs. Societal Backlash

Why is it that in 2009, interracial dating is still considered taboo?

I recently watched Jungle Fever and I remember being a naive child thinking that people didn't seriously react to interracial dating so insanely. I assumed that the movie was nothing more than fiction on film, like most other movies. Spike Lee however, opened up a topic that, to this day makes some people cringe. and infuriates others. It was nearly twenty years ago when Lee tackled interracial romance and from what I read on blogs and message boards, the notion of interracial dating has come so far, yet hasn't really gone anywhere at all.

When a black man dates a woman who is white, or who is a little too fair skinned, he has to prepare for ostracism every time he steps outside with the woman. When a black woman brings a non-black man home, she has to make sure he's tough enough to deal with the stares of disapproval he'll receive from other black men. It's not easy trying to please your entire race and be with someone who makes you happy.

People have got to open their minds up to the possibility that happiness is in fact colorblind. We live in the most diverse country in the world, yet it remains the most bigoted. If you were given the choice between being in a bad relationship with someone of the same race, or a good one with someone who looks nothing like you, would you choose what's good for you, or what is considered socially acceptable?

-Ant

ant@theantandmikeshow.com

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