Still Getting Stares: The Modern Interracial Couple

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Walking the streets of Manhattan every day, I’m unfazed by interracial couples. It’s nothing new or exciting to me. So it puzzles me that there are people who think otherwise. Most areas in the country are not as progressive as New York. There are people all over that do not agree with interracial couples, claiming that people should date within their own race. It is extremely common to hear the people that say they do not accept interracial couples, while also protesting they are not racist. But how could this be? How could someone who is not racist want to keep people of different races apart? There is no way. Those who find a problem with interracial love have some issue with people who are of a different race then they are. Racism is not always so cut and dry. When most people think of racism, they think back to how people treated people of a different race before the Civil Rights movement. They think of separate water fountains and separate schools. But racism also includes thinking people of different races do not belong together. It proves that there are people that still don’t believe that all humans are humans no matter their race and that these humans can find love with any other human. They see a difference between people just because of their skin color. No more than ever, interracial couples are accepted around the country, but we have a long way to go before they are accepted by everyone.

by, Dylan Frand, Non Profit Management degree candidate at the New School for Public Engagement. 

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  1. Pascal

     /  February 16, 2014

    It’s really sad to me that even today some people still think interracial couples shouldn’t be together. No matter who you fall in love with, people should support it and be respectful towards the choices you made. After all, they are your own choices.

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  2. Melissa B

     /  February 20, 2014

    Wow. I feel like I have been a part of and overheard a lot of conversations on this topic over the years. I personally love to see interracial couples and agree that in New York it is more accepted than other States. I never thought of the opposition to interracial couples as being racist, but this post has put the issue into different perspective. Just to play devils advocate a little, I think some people view it as less an opposition to the different skin color as much as the difference in culture. Although the unwillingness to embrace a different culture is also a problem in and of itself. I enjoyed reading this post.

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  3. Hyder M. Alikhan

     /  February 27, 2014

    This is just unacceptable. Coming from a Muslim heritage and growing up in the Middle-East, it was very common for me to see interracial couples. A lot of Arab men come to the US when they are younger to earn an education and also ended up finding love. A lot of my friends are half Arab and half American/Mexican/Asian. I find it pretty cool because they get to experience both cultures. For example, they get to celebrate Eid(Muslim festivity) and Christmas, sometimes even at the same time. I am very surprised to see that in such a huge nation, some people can have such thinking.

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  4. Maryam A

     /  February 27, 2014

    Interracial couple is not only an issue in the United States but also a world-wide issue. People may accept its existence. However, when it comes to their family, they start to take cautions. They create hundreds and tons of excuses based on culture, tradition, genes etc… Unfortunately, they forget the fact that love exists; this concept has always been neglected throughout the journey of excuses. There is a lot of successful interracial marriages as much as, or maybe more, than the ratio of traditional marriages.

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  5. Nora Armenta

     /  February 27, 2014

    It is unsettling that there are those who still do not approve of interracial couples. I have had some friends in the past who have stated that even within their only family or friends it can be a sensitive issue. When you choose to be with someone it shouldn’t be about the color of their skin, and people shouldn’t expect other people to make their decisions based on that.

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