Interracial dating: Why not?

Go back in time to when Sidney Poitier starred in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and African-American mothers warned their sons to watch out for Caucasian women. Relationships were more tribal. But in modern times, interracial relationships have become more accepted.

Interracial dating has become a hot topic in conversations. It’s no longer an issue of African-American and white couples, but couples of different races such as Asian, Mexican and Indian.

Interracial dating has become part of this carefree society. It is no longer about staying in your roots. Our generation is, and generations to come are, going to be more lenient when it comes to subject matters like this one.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in 10 American marriages are between partners of different races or ethnicities.

Nowadays, it’s not always about the outer appearance but more so of what’s on the inside.

Some of my friends said they would not date outside of their race because “the other person wouldn’t be able to relate to them.”

But how is that so?

Believe it or not, people automatically rule someone out because of the pigmentation of his or her skin.

According to, interracial daters receive less support from friends, family and people they interact with in public. Because of this, interracial couples rarely show affection in public. Others make interracial daters uncomfortable in their own skin. Couples should be able to show affection in public comfortably, no matter the race.

Another friend of mine said affection plays a role in interracial dating, and I agree. Most African-Americans rarely show affection in public or behind closed doors because they believe in tough love. Caucasian men and women tend to show more affection in public.

When you see an African-American man with a Caucasian woman, it may be because he likes the way she treats him. Oftentimes, some black men date white women because some white women don’t put up a fight when times get hard, but that is not always the case. Some people sincerely like others for who they are.

Interracial dating is a learning experience. You get to understand another person’s culture and see things the way they do. Of course you may not agree on everything, but it helps you become more open-minded and willing to change. Being closed off to change is what makes people ignorant. When people want to stay in that box or comfort zone, they will never learn anything new.

Don’t limit yourself when it comes to dating because you never know what someone else has to offer. When it is all said and done, it comes down to one thing: As long as you love that person for who she or he is, it shouldn’t matter.