Interracial Marriages

How do you Feel about Interracial Couples & Why?

How do you Feel about Interracial Couples & Why?

 

It is roughly 50 years since the US Supreme Court legalized interracial marriages. Before then, interracial marriages were illegal in the US and Americans had a low approval of such couples.

However, since the 1967 landmark ruling, the approval rate of interracial couples has significantly increased to about 87% to date. Despite such a high approval rate, I feel that interracial couples have more problems to grumble with even after Supreme Court rendered the ban on interracial marriages illegal.

The following are my views as to why I feel interracial marriages is only legal by the law but still full of challenges in the real life.

1) Random acts of cruelty against Interracial Couples

Despite that interracial marriages are legal in America, there have been random acts of cruelty directed towards such couples.

For instance, in April 2016, a family was forcefully evicted by a landlord in Mississippi on the basis of being an interracial couple. Another cruel incident was witnessed in the same year where an interracial couple was stabbed by a white man for kissing in public.

Such kind of incidences cannot simply be wished away. These acts explain an implicit bias that interracial couples have to contend with as it is difficult to capture it via public polls.

2) Offensive Assumptions made by others

For no apparent reasons, some people describe an interracial marriage as one driven by insatiable sexual desire.

For example, white females have been accused of being fetish when they date black partners. White men view blacks as sexual beasts and whenever a white lady is married by them, then such a lady is often perceived as-as having insatiable sex desire which could lower her dignity and self-esteem.

Throughout the 20th century, the majority of Americans expressed some reservations for the interracial couples. A case on record is when Abigail Adams- a white female expressed that she was horrified and disgusted at the sight of a dark man touching a white female in a theater production.

Though outright offensive reactions have considerably lessened in recent years, modern commentators on interracial couples still express some level of disgust when referring to them. It is often difficult to get the perception of people towards interracial couples since most of them are either uncomfortable discussing issues to do with gender and race or simply unwilling to express their biases.

According to a certain American psychological study, most of the white Americans express little or no bias on interracial couples but they often possess strong non-conscious or implicit biases.

3) Interference with the partners’ social life and self-esteem

The racial background significantly contributes to the growth and development of an individual. Interracial marriages require the partner to learn numerous issues including new music, new languages, and new histories and so forth.

Interracial partners are compelled to have a broader perspective of things than their intra-racial counterparts. Such a scenario may make a partner not to enjoy life to the fullest as he or she may be constantly worrying what the other partner expects.

Interracial marriages may make some relatives and friends uncomfortable to the extent that one might feel lonely.

Though interracial marriages are legal in the US, the startling challenges some of them go through is an illustration of how deep social attitudes are rooted in the human race and it might take a little longer to completely eliminate racism.

 

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A few decades ago, interracial couples were looked at with disregard and disrespect. However, the situated improved for better and rainbow couples are said to be a healthy addition to the society. Regardless of the paradigm shift, a lot of men and women who have been dating outside their race in the United States continue to remain skeptical about their future.

Nevertheless, have worked in the past and would certainly work out for you as well, provided you know the right way to keep your relationship afloat. Here are a few tips for those looking to get into an interracial relationship:

  • Respect your partner:

    Healthy relationships thrive on the principles of mutual respect. However, in case of interracial relationships, the importance of this aspect increases manifold. Given the sensitivity of the issue, individuals who get into an interracial relationship are advised not to venture into unchartered waters. For instance, you’d have to keep your jokes in check ensuring your content doesn’t show the other person’s race in bad light. Besides, try to understand your partner’s lifestyle and adapt to it.

  • Be a part of the learning curve:

    When two persons hailing from different racial and cultural backgrounds come together under a single roof, the equation is bound to change. Not only should give your partner ample time you understand your culture and traditions but also make sure you play a pivotal role in helping her do so. In addition, it would be wise to allow her to participate in ceremonies and other festivities that are aimed at bringing the families together.

  • Learn to celebrate each others’ cultures:

    Interracial relationships thrive on mutual understanding and a feeling of tolerance towards each others’ culture and traditions. If you wish to keep the relationship afloat, you should refrain from being a part of your partner’s traditions and ceremonies. Sharing cultural experiences would not only make you closer to each other but also gives a sense of internal contentment. As a matter of fact, you do make every possible attempt to bridge the differences existing between you and your partner.

  • Don’t venture into the past:

Given the fact that the black and white in America did not have a very good equation in the past, that doesn’t mean they cannot get into a relationship in the 21st century. We see a lot of black – white couples in America these days but the success behind most relationships is to refrain from speaking about the past and what had happened with their ancestors. If you’re hell bent on proving your race to be superior, you’re in for serious trouble.

 

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BlackMenNow.com Launches Its Mobile Version

Popular interracial dating site BlackMenNow.com recently launched its mobile version. With the introduction of a mobile platform, the site hopes to appeal to a wider membership base.

A spokesperson from the site said, “We are looking to tap the immense potential of the mobile market. Over the years, it has been observed that the number of people accessing the Internet through their mobile devices has increased. It had become essential to introduce a dedicated mobile version of the site so that everyone could take advantage of all the features regardless of where they are.”

BlackMenNow.com is powered by segment leader InterracialMatch.com and allows users to register for free. Users would also be able to upgrade their membership and access the complete set of features. Once you’re registered with this site, you’d be able to take advantage of all the available features. The website encompasses advanced search options and communication features that are aimed at making it easier for users to find their ideal match.

New York based dating counselor Juan Jones said, “Interracial dating is a growing segment. You see a lot of people seeking a partner that belongs to a different race as it would offer a different experience. Websites like these are certainly making it easier for people from across the globe to find their date.”

BlackMenNow.com is free to register with. Registered members of the website have access to several options including a built – in email client, instant messenger, blogs and forums, among others. They can also get in touch with a dating counselor and get their queries resolved.