Nearly 50 years after Richard and Mildred Loving took on America’s anti-miscegenation laws, partners of different racial backgrounds no longer need to hide their relationships for fear of legal persecution. But while things have changed socially, there’s still a lot missing from the conversation surrounding interracial relationships.
The country has a long way to go in terms of racial discourse, period. In the case of interracial dating, there are still huge stereotypes, misconceptions, and presumptions about what it means to date someone with a different race. As a black woman dating a non-black (and non-white) man, I’ve become more and more aware of the way in which these stereotypes still dictate the way we think about — and talk about — interracial dating.
Click here to learn some of things you should keep in mind when it comes to interracial relationships.