Racism in interracial dating
presentation sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.
Imarisha, a Portland State University and Oregon State University instructor, poses the question to our group after we have spent 90 minutes examining, wrestling with and, mostly importantly, discussing with one another the history of black people and black communities in Oregon.
Interracial couples themselves frequently hear racist remarks from strangers, family members, and friends.
That vote of confidence might seem like a compliment on the surface, but it’s rooted in valuing and fetishizing a combination of exotic and, in many cases, Caucasian features that is assumed to be *just right.* It’s best to stay away from presumptuous blanket statements like this in general.
I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating.
While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races.
A much lower share of whites (53%) say the country still has work to do for blacks to achieve equal rights with whites, and only 11% express doubt that these changes will come.
Money quote: The researchers found that most women speed daters said yes (meaning they’d like to see a man again after the four-minute speed date) less often to men of another race than they did to men of their own race.In 2014, 37 percent of Americans said having more people of different races marrying each other was a good thing for society, which is an increase from 24 percent four years earlier.But we shouldn’t mistake those changing attitudes as evidence that we’re living a post-racial society. Donna Pinckley highlights this issue by taking photos of interracial couples in the Southern states of the US and pairing them with the hateful comments they’ve received over the years.She takes the photos in black and white to emphasize the affection these couples have for each other instead on focusing on their skin tones.