Dating is tricky -- even more so when you don't follow the cookie-cutter mold of what a relationship should look like. Less than 50 years ago, interracial marriage was illegal in the United States and even when the anti-miscegenation laws were deemed illegal by the Supreme Court in , interracial couples were harassed and discriminated against for decades. Now we live in a new, global era with more tolerance and understanding for couples that exist outside the "norms" for relationships As the "white" half of a Japanese-American couple, I noticed some of the same questions keep popping up again and again. After a quick chat with some other interracial couples, I realized my experiences were not unique. These are eight seemingly innocent questions that have deeper, darker implications for interracial couples.
Racial Discrimination of Interracial Couples
Public Policy Polling: The argument against interracial marriage
Interracial dating isn't without its problems, but today interracial relationships enjoy more support in the United States than they have at any point in history. While two decades ago, fewer than half of Americans approved of interracial marriage , now 65 percent of all Americans support such relationships, and 85 percent of young people do. Attitudes toward interracial marriage are so progressive that some people prefer to exclusively date interracially. But are they doing so for the wrong reasons? Dating interracially with misguided motives will inevitably lead to problems. If only things were that simple. The idea of dating interracially to gain social status may seem peculiar.
Interracial Marriages Face Pushback 50 Years After Loving
The main storyline on reproductive rights for months now has been this: Men, many of them conservative, have moved to curtail access to legal abortion and even ban it, imposing their will upon women. White women have joined men, mostly but not exclusively in the Deep South , in using their conservative majorities in multiple state legislatures to make sweeping changes to abortion policies this year. Those laws that survive legal challenges will most deeply affect women too poor to travel or move to a state with better access to abortion services. This gap between those making the decisions and those affected by them, experts say, is a dynamic with deep roots in American history. The role of white women — long key players in dictating and constraining the reproductive choices of others — is too often discounted and overlooked, experts say.
The country has a long way to go in terms of racial discourse, period. In the case of interracial dating, there are still huge stereotypes, misconceptions, and presumptions about what it means to date someone with a different race. So much of the discourse surrounding interracial relationships seems to center on black and white couplings. These are the images we see most in the media -- cis white men with black women, or cis black men with white women. But we should bear in mind that there are all kinds of couplings in the interracial dating world that aren't acknowledged nearly as much, and that interracial can mean a black woman with an Asian man.