There are things about dating outside one’s race that run deeper than allegations of disloyalty and a few nasty looks when you walk down the street together.
On top of the unavoidably awkward dynamics of a new romance comes unfamiliarity with the other person’s culture that often manifests itself as pure ignorance.
Caught off guard, I asked what it was supposed to mean.
He texted back, “I’ve always wanted to try this on a black girl, I think it would be so hot.” Needless to say, his number was deleted with quickness.
When his Dominican father came home, he didn’t say much.
But that always made me question how he felt: Just because you have accepted their behavior, does that mean some part of you feels that way too?
Not surprisingly, given the high levels of acceptance of interracial marriage among Millennials, nearly all 18-to-29-year-olds (93%) agree with the statement “I think it is all right for blacks and whites to date each other.” Pew Research has tracked responses to this question for more than two decades in its study of American political values, most recently in April 2009.