We’ve talked to an expert and college students who've been in interracial relationships to explain a few of these struggles as well as ways to deal with them.
Many American millennials tend to have an understanding, or at least an awareness, about different cultures. When it comes to dating someone from a different background, this can be difficult in terms of not understanding certain cultural traditions.
While many are outraged at the detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, not all are shocked.
Though she was not charged with any crime, police handcuffed the actress last week. But her boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian Lucas, who was there, believes something else was amiss, namely that officers mistook the mixed-race couple for a prostitute and one of her clients.
” the implication is usually not one of pure curiosity, but incredulity.
The translation can often be read as: “I’m sorry but how on Earth did you two end up together?
Not to mention the fact the current president is the product of a mixed-race union.
(They didn’t meet at a strip club, but through their jobs, like most Americans.)Having been together over a decade, the idea rankles her that they can still walk into a room and be viewed as an oddity, but a same-race couple on a first or second date are viewed as though they obviously fit together.
Despite all of the kumbaya anecdotes and data out there, such as the fact that mixed-race families are the fastest-growing demographic in America, there is not a single interracial couple I know who has been together for an extended period of time who has not experienced some awkwardness or indignity that same-race couples do not.
The first time she came to my house and saw crucifixes hanging from the walls, she was very confused.” He continues, “Similarly there were times when I went to her house and there would be food set out on tables as gifts for her ancestors, and I was shocked to learn that this was a ritual of her religion.” From religion to food preferences, there’s a lot you can learn in an interracial relationship.
Just be sure to keep an open mind, especially if it’s for someone you love.