Interracial dating troubles
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Since BG’s inception, we have had many, many readers send us comments about the sticky topic of interracial relationships.
You could just feel people looking at us and overhear someone saying, “Man, he has to leave her.” Jordan: She definitely felt more uncomfortable than I did, because I guess I grew up around racism more than she did.
My mom’s white and my dad’s black, and I have a bunch of family in Tennessee on my mom’s side.
Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror-comedy about a black man who finds himself in a nightmare while visiting his white girlfriend’s suburban family — is the kind of film that gets under your skin, using horror-film tropes to illuminate the daily terror of being black in a white world.
We talked to seven interracial couples of various backgrounds about how watching the film made them reflect on their own relationships, the enduring stress of “meeting the parents,” and whether they’ll be RSVPing for the next family reunion — “TBD,” as one of our interviewees put it. I just kept thinking about what other people in the theater were thinking about me and him and our relationship, and I felt uncomfortable.
Many outside of the South Asian community are amazed that in 2011 interracial relationships would be examined with such scrutiny.
For a while, Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) attempts to satisfy both Emily (Zoe Kazan), the woman he loves, and his traditional Pakistani family.
But on the other hand, there are some great stories of how these relationships have worked out so well.
We at BG thought it would be great to stir up the discussion by sharing some stories from the “other side”- non-South Asians talking about their experiences with Brown Girls. What were some of the barriers to overcome in order to be in this relationship?
In 2009, the dating website Ok Cupid released data suggesting that black women get the fewest responses, even from black men.
After giving his daughter, Toula (Nia Vardalos), a ridiculously hard time for dating the American with “the big long hairs on top of his head,” Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) finally accepts Ian Miller (John Corbett) into his family during his wedding speech. Like Toula's parents, my father’s Greek-Cypriot parents weren’t thrilled that their son was dating an American woman.