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Dating the "OTHER"

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This is a topic that most people have an opinion about. When black men date white, Asian or Hispanic women, there is an out cry from black women about how easy they are or how passive they are. When African men date other races, you hear people say "She is just there to kill time. He will come back" There is this perception that African men can date whoever they want but they will marry their own kind.

You see African men with all kinds of races more often than you see African women dating other races. Why is that? Is it because there is no attraction to other races? Is it fear of judgement from their family or the African society? Is it because other races are not attracted to African women? It's been said that 14% of black men are married outside their own race compared to 4% of black women.

I think interracial dating is such an amazing thing because it builds a bridge of racial exclusion. I have always said there is going to be more mixed races in the future which will bring more acceptance and understanding. I feel as though there is still so much racism from every culture and there is this belief that people need to "Stick to their own kind."

In saying that I do understand why African cultures feel its better to date and marry within their own kind because you share the same traditions, culture, religions and you can raise your children the same. Dating outside Africa can be seen as a taboo but dating Africans from other countries within Africa can be seen as a big NO NO as well. Ghanaian culture is different to Zimbabwean culture just like Australians are different to Germans.

This issue will never resolve itself and people will have their opinions on dating the "other", what is your opinion on it?

This post first appeared on The Modern African Woman, please read the originial post: here

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Dating the "OTHER"


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