9 Real Girls Discuss Dating Outside Your Race

Relationships are hard enough as it is, but some relationships are more difficult than others. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a racism-free world, so interracial couples face a lot of scrutiny. That shouldn’t happen, but it does. Some people are afraid to be with someone they love because they’re worried about how people will react to them being with someone outside of their race.

I found a lot of girls on our message boards talking about interracial relationships and if they’re comfortable dating outside their race. Check out what they had to say:

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  • Moni

    This makes me think of a scene in “Dear White People” where one of the characters (The dean’s son who’s black) and his white girlfriend are about to make out and the main character says over the PA “Dear White People, dating someone outside your race to piss off your parents is a form of racism.” Amusingly, enough I’ve seen this a few times. I personally think dating anyone is fine (long as you’re being respected and respectful of the other) however, I think it’s extremely naïve to think when dating someone outside your race (especially if you or the other is white) that race doesn’t play a part in the relationship in public. (This is well explored in Americanah where Ifemelu’s boyfriend is strongly implied to have a problem fetishizing “exotic” women.)

  • ScarletNight

    Currently, I’m dating a white guy and I’m mixed (asian, mexican, indian, and a bunch of other races, cause I have a big family) and since I live in the south, we’ve gotten several looks since he’s really pale and I’m really tanned. Honestly, race should not be a problem for dating. Sad to say there are racists out in this world, but if two people of different races love each other, and they’re not causing you any trouble, why should people care? To add to the oddity of our relationship, I’m taller than him (which isn’t ‘traditional’ to most people and it’s only an inch) and he’s older than me by almost four years (which in truth, isn’t that much difference).

  • Henrietta

    I’m black and my current boyfriend (we’re sophomores in highschool) is white. Both of the guys I’ve dated before him were white too but I honestly do not have a preference–all three of them just coincidentally happened to be white. As of now, I fortunately haven’t received any racial backlash but I’m sure it will happen in the future.