Saturday, 30 April 2011
Interracial relationships are nothing new in the United States today due to multiculturalism. I’ve witnessed this a lot amongst the younger generation ages 16 to 25. To back up what I’ve seen, a Gallup Poll on interracial dating in June 2007 reported that 95% of 18- to 29-year-olds approve of blacks and whites dating. About 60% of that age group said they have dated someone of a different race. So from the ever popular Caucasians dating African-Americans to Koreans going steady with Japanese, there are hundreds of different integrated romantic affairs.
I think interracial dating is great. If you’re attracted to a certain ethnicity more than your own then I do not see why you should suppress those feelings. Do whatever makes you happy.
My concern is a bit more specific. How come I see a great amount of interracial couples with a black male dating or married to a woman outside his own race compared to a black woman dating/marrying outside her own race? Studies show that African-American men had white wives 2.65 times more often than black women had white husbands. In other words, in 73% of black-white marriages, the husband was black. Five times as many black men live with white women as white men live with black women, married or dating. But it’s not like Caucasian men don’t date outside their race. Caucasian husbands/boyfriends were found in 62%of Asian/Caucasian marriages.
So what’s the problem? According to The Census Bureau, many black women complain that white women tend to marry black men more often than white men marry black women. Maybe most African-American women aren’t attracted to men outside their own race. Everybody's preference is different but are most Caucasian men even attracted to African-American women? What about Latino or Asian men?
Do you think this is a matter of stereotyping? Some say black women are loud, rude, hostile and dominant. I am certainly the very opposite and tend to be more submissive and dutiful as a girlfriend to any man. Some men say that most Asian women are presented as quiet, delicate and exotic which I know is not true. Every single human being on this planet has their own personality. No race should be stereotyped for a personality. That is not fair amongst those within the ethnicity.
I personally think a small percentage of White men date Black women because of their family’s views. Our parents are from a different generation where interracial dating was most likely rare and illegal by Federal or State law. For some, if your family doesn't approve then it's a bust. That's understandable but if you are a fully grown and responsible adult, then your family should not tell you what to do with your life anymore. The person you love is not dating or marrying your family, they are in a commitment with YOU.
So, do you approve of interracial dating? Would you agree to the fact that most African-American men are dating more Caucasian women than Caucasian men dating African-American women? Should black women just do something about this statistic?
Tell me your opinions! Let me know your thoughts and views!