To many, interracial relationships are now almost a non-issue; just love whomever you want to love.
To date outside of your race is no longer the controversial decision it once was.
This doesn’t mean you won’t encounter a few obstacles along the way. If you’re a subscriber to the theory that opposites attract, be aware that the more significant the differences, the greater the room for potential conflict.
Here are some things to know and consider when entering into an interracial relationship. Before you start dating anyone, it’s important to know what qualities you’re looking for in someone. What character traits are absolute “musts” for you when searching for Mr. When dating interracially, you’re going to encounter different histories, different cultures, different traditions, attitudes and philosophies. Are you spiritually, intellectually or emotionally on the same page? It’s easier to celebrate your differences when you have common ground in the important things.
The United States, historically, has been a nation of immigrants.
Through much of its history, segregation had been the norm, particularly in southern states. Beyond desegregation and other racial equality efforts, additional factors also have contributed to an increase in interracial relationships.
For example, programs and activities implemented to meet the needs of latchkey children have included extended-day programs in public schools, after-school hotlines, and neighborhood “block mothers” (Lamorey, Robinson, Rowland, Coleman, 1998).
Don’t write off every friend or family member who raises an eyebrow in your direction; instead, anticipate objections and be prepared to respond graciously, articulately and without defensiveness.“I can tell they are looking for someone Asian and when they see me they have to re-shift their thoughts,” she said.Her husband, Dennis, is Chinese American, and she is from a white family. They don’t expect me to be Caucasian.” The occasional confused look is the least of the challenges faced by couples in interracial and intercultural marriages.Political and social struggles to create racial harmony in the U. With growing parental openness to diverse populations came increased opportunities for their children socially to interact with people of racial and ethnic backgrounds beyond their own.Since the larger percentage of families in America live on dual-incomes (U. Census, 2004), demands of jobs and careers necessitate that children be exposed to diverse social contexts.