I grew up in a town that had few families other than white but I was fortunate enough to never experience or witness racism.
Larron and Caitlin Smith (in left photo) and Christopher Jones and his girlfriend, Christina Andree, have overcome challenges in their interracial relationships.
According to findings from a Pew Research study which found that a record 14.6 percent of all new marriages in the United States are between spouses of different racial backgrounds. From Hollywood movies and cereal commercials on television, couples of mixed race are more visible and accepted. Miscegenation, which comes from the Latin words miscere (to mix) and genus (type, family, or descent), was illegal in several states up until the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case of Loving v. A recent release from the Indiana Civil Rights Commission revealed that a female bartender was terminated from her position at the Lebanon Moose Lodge in Lebanon, Ind., due in part to the fact that she is engaged to an African-American man. Larron and Caitlin Smith, who have been married for four months, met while they were both attending Union Missionary Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind. Prior to dating Larron, she shared that she never gave much thought to what people outside their relationship would think as her immediate family was supportive of them from day one.
Larron, who had previously dated outside his race shared that communication has helped them navigate tough situations. Christopher Jones, who has been in an interracial relationship with Christina Andree for seven years, has had similar experiences.
Jones recalls the first time he met his girlfriend’s father as a particularly difficult experience. Although the Smiths have never experienced any extreme cases of racism, they have however encountered some less than friendly responses from strangers. Online dating sites and celebrities are also crossing the racial barrier with model and television host Heidi Klum marrying English R&B singer Seal in 2005. As a single person I date quite a bit and often see persons staring at myself and my caucasian partner. Oddly enough, my dates never notice the stares which leads me to believe I myself am self-conscious about dating someone of a different race.


Interracial couples tend to face more issues within their relationship as well, from what to eat for dinner to meshing with the in laws who may not be as liberal as younger generations.
There are a few people I promised I would never write about (unless they did something so ridiculous that it would make it on the “guydlines”) so, unfortunately (for you and not me) there is no fantastic new entry into the hall of shame.
Yet the attitudes of those who disagree continue to exist, although not nearly as intense as they were in years past. However, life in 2014 for those in interracial unions, although not as harsh, still has its challenges.
Caitlin, who had never dated interracially before admits she went into their relationship with a certain level of naivete. He said early on in their relationship he and his girlfriend would receive mixed reactions when they went out in public. He went on to say that they have not allowed the opinions of others to affect them negatively, due in large part to their faith in God and the support system they have found in friends, family, and other interracial couples.
Please be sure to open and click your first newsletter so we can confirm your subscription. Now, I think I have above normal confidence so I just stare right back (lol) but I think this self-consciousness comes from a deeply ingrained notion that interracial dating is just plain wrong.
As I got older I did try to connect with black women but because I grew up totally different from other black kids I was treated different.
I think interracial relationships are beautful things, love is hard to find, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us by opening our hearts to anyone.
However, if persons dated strictly within their own race the world would be such a boring and monochrome world, wouldn't it? Differences can be fun and interesting, for example, different foods and music to experience that can make you a more well-rounded and accepting individual. I pretend not to but ever so often I catch myself looking around to see who is looking back at me! Went on a date so that Mom would stop for a little while (yeah right?)I don’t know why I don’t listen to myself more often.


When we were together I never saw anyone giving a second look to us except for some black women. But, I have a few other “guydlines” for online dating that for some reason I chose to ignore over this past weekend (yes, ended up being “forced on another online date) THANKS MOM!1. I will always continue to keep my heart open, but I admit that I was selfconcious after hearing that…I never cared what other people thought of ME before.
If he is boring on the phone and makes you want to stick a fork in your eye – don’t go out with him.
After my marriage ended I tried dating black women again because I felt like I owed it to myself to try again. What I discovered was that as black women age they become more accepting of different things. Today I am married to a black woman that accepts me for me and embraces all the different things I do.
If we teach our young sisters early in life that black men will come in all shapes, forms and demeanor then we’ll be doing our young people a great service. It is a trap because he gets you for pre-order boring conversation, mouth full conversation, and (the worst) waiting for the GOD DAMN bill bullshit, filler conversation.4.
If he says that he doesn’t like dogs the first 5 minutes of the date then you might as well not even order that first drink.
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