In Main Event, News, Opinion on December 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm
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In Main Event, News on June 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm
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In News, Opinion on January 31, 2012 at 1:47 am
Oh, snap! Not more interracial dating!
And between a white man and a black woman! Awww, man!
Just when we thought the home of apartheid had (somehow) conquered extreme racism and prejudice, and had balanced its system of governing to be more fair and equal, we find this story of South Africans going crazy over a harmless poster of an attractive interracial couple embracing.
What’s the big deal? Well, if you’re racist and live in South Africa and are accustomed to privilege, you ain’t going to take too kindly to such a poster, are you?
Here’s the charming poster:
Personally, (although I am obviously biased) the poster looks pretty smokin’ to me. It should be in every subway and at every bus depot in America. If that were the case, maybe there’d be more interracial dating between white men and black women. But anyway….
Here are some links to stories of (at least some) South Africans going bonkers over this poster:
In Opinion on January 2, 2012 at 6:00 am
This is an interesting piece on why interracial relationships (or just the term “interracial” alone) conjures up images of black men and white women.
Certainly, it’s true that if you Google the term “interracial” in Google Images, most images will be of black men and white women; and I think part of this is simply because most interracial relationships are between black men and white women. Another part of this seeming puzzle, is that Ralph Richard Banks (author of the much-piloried bestseller “Is Marriage for White People?”) is correct in his reasoning that interracial relationships between black women and white men simply are not occurring at any kind of statistical significance. Statistically, black women are “sitting shiva,” while their mirror opposite in the dating realm takes the lead role in real life, mass media, and apparently public perception.
This piece from BlackYouthProject.com suggests that part of the reason public perception toward interracial relationships (more prominently romantic ones) focus on black men and white women is that mass media depicts images of black men that are positive and upbeat while images of black women in mass media are mostly negative or denigrating.
While it’s encouraging to see black women kicking butt in films such as “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and the upcoming James Bond flick (where Ms. Moneypennybecome a gun-toting sista who can hold her own with 007), it’s also true that positive and uplifting imagery of black wome
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n in mass media dwarf compared to those of black males. So, yeah, I agree with their point, but feel that it’s also just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg.
Here’s their insightful piece:
In News, Opinion on December 20, 2011 at 1:37 am
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From the (I’m assuming) good folks at PsychCentral, there’s a recent post by psychologist and family counselor Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker addressing a concerned teenager in an interracial relationship, and surprise surprise, saddled with disapproving parents.
While I can’t disagree with Dr. Hartwell-Walker’s measured and logical response, I kind of wish she’d told the young teenage eighth grader to tell her parents that she’d date whomever she liked and would theretofore establish her own independence as a young woman.
But I guess that might be why I’m not a therapist like Dr. Hartwell-Walker.
Anyhow, here’s the link to her piece:
In News, Opinion on December 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm
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Just to prove that the South despises interracial love (and diversity) even further than in the recent number of stories focusing on Kentucky (the church that denied interracial couples the freedom to pray there and then reversed their decision once the media found out about it; the woman in the CNN video being harassed by Kentucky residents because she’s in an interracial relationship….), here’s this lovely piece about Gary Dodson of (famed) Little Rock, Arkansas, who firebombed the home of an interracial couple.
Dodson pled guilty on December 7th in District Court of one count of civil rights conspiracy, one count of interference with housing rights due to race and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm/destructive device. This charmer also planned the firebombing along with several other men.
So, don’t feel bad, all the hateful and violent racism is not just restricted to Kentucky.
Here’s the piece:
In News, Opinion on December 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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A brief piece ran in California State University‘s Daily Titan student newspaper about a female coordinator of their Womens’ Cultural Resource Center giving a talk on interracial relationships.
Interestingly, the woman is neither white nor black, but Latina (which is fine); and she reviews in her seminar the challenges and rewards involved in such dating and even touches on child-rearing. According to the piece, 73 percent of interracial dating revolved around black men and white women. But a tip of the brim for her for what she’s doing and maybe an idea that should be presented more regularly across the country.
Here’s the link:
In Main Event on December 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm
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CNN recently posted a story (in video form at least partially) about a woman unfortunate enough to be in an interracial relationship while living in a particularly rural section of Kentucky.
Yes, it is between a white woman and a black man, (as are the vast majority of interracial relationships), but the woman’s point is that racism is alive and quite healthy in the South and especially in her geographic neck of the woods.
It’s a very brief video (something close to 3-4 minutes), and it’s in a section of the CNN website called “iReport,” where CNN basically takes work from others and then determines whether or not to run it more fully in main sections of their site or even possibly on television.
Here’s a link to the piece: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-712941?hpt=hp_c2
In News, Opinion on November 30, 2011 at 3:03 am
Well, the church is in Kentucky, but seriously, you would hope that with a bi-racial President in the White House, at least the churches in Kentucky would allow interracial couples who wish to pray and worship….you would at least expect that the church members could have sufficient compassion in their hearts to allow that.
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Image via Wikipedia. What would Jesus do? Somehow, I don't think someone with "hair like wool" and feet the color of "burnt brass" would ban interracial couples from prayer. But then again, Jesus might be perceived as appearing bi-racial, and this church might not like that, either.
Nope. Get to steppin’ interracial couples! That’s the message from the “kindly” Christian folks at the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky.
Maybe the church’s pastor can’t overrule the church’s parishioners or something like that, but integrity would also suggest that he could just as easily refuse to ban church members on the basis of race as well, and stand up for equality and justice. Maybe expecting fairness and compassion from a pastor of a church these days is too much.
But, that’s just my opinion. What do I know? I don’t live in Kentucky and wouldn’t be welcome at Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, anyway, since I’m in an interracial marriage.
Here’s a link to the story, straight from our friends at WYMT TV in Kentucky!
In News, Opinion on November 24, 2011 at 1:50 am
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According to an interesting piece in Cornell University’s Chronicle news website, racial diversity plays a role in pacing of some romances; apparently increasing the speed of the romantic relationships’ evolution or development.
So, make of the study’s conclusions what you will, but it seems that one potential conclusion is that interracial romantic relationships develop faster than white-white ones for reasons not particularly clear.
Here’s a direct link to the article, but I have to admit to feeling that one prominant factor in this “pacing” issue might have more to do with maturity and personal development than ethnicity or status: