Interracial Dating – The Growing Trend
By Kelly Purden
Before, dating someone outside your race is unthinkable. Only white men should date white women, and black peopleshould only date each other. Before, it’s illegal in some parts of the U.S. to marry someone not your own race. Couples have been sent to jail because of it. Now times have changed, and interracial dating is not only accepted, it can be considered cool by lots of people.
People who are into interracial dating usually found their partners the usual way – they meet through common friends or encounter each other at work or parties. Now, there are online dating services that provide opportunities for individuals to meet people who are also into interracial dating.
There are various reasons why a lot of people are willing to date people outside their race. These people are not prejudiced to think that people of other races will have undesirable attitudes or will go against their beliefs. Also, they feel that it’s interesting to get to know someone with different kinds of experiences as far as race is concerned. Others are just color-blind; black or white, Asian or Hispanic makes no difference to them.
The popularity of interracial dating on the internet is very much evident by the amount searches generated by the subject on top search engines. Searching through Google will lead you to lots of sites that talk about the subject, or offer dating services for people who want to get to know individuals of another race.
But interracial couples still experience a lot of challenges today. Race is still a sensitive issue even in these modern times. There are still people around them who disapprove of interracial couples, and these people may be their family, friends or co-workers. What’s more, the prejudice will extend to their everyday activities. They may face issues when it comes to employment, health care and banking. There are many reasons why some people still look down on interracial couples, the most common being religious and political reasons, or family pride. Although a lot of them do not show their disapproval publicly, they do so in a passive-aggressive manner.
In order for interracial relationships to work, it’s essential for them to surround themselves with people who support them. A lot of interracial couples experience isolation and terror because of prejudice and negativity, and this may affect their relationship. Support groups on the internet are widely available, and interracial couples can find solace in their company. Most importantly, the couples themselves should share each other’s strengths and find the courage to transcend the hardships they encounter due to the nature of their relationship.
Adjustments have to be made if people who are into interracial dating wish to live with as minimum fuss as possible. This involves mingling with groups that support such union, or going to establishments that welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation. They should also try to get the support of their families and friends, no matter how taxing the idea may be.