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Stereotypes About Interrracial Relationships in The US

Sep 17 Written by  Lorraine Spencer

While attitudes towards interracial relationships have greatly changed over time, it still remains a mystery and an object of speculation and debate for many. Stereotypes still exist and are actually believed by people – but I'm here to break down a few of these stereotypical walls. I've listed a few stereotypes below. Don't be embarrassed if you used to think the same, at least now you know.

1.Black-white relationships are often based on "sex"


Many critics of interracial relationships chalk these partnerships to the lure of the exotic and not due to genuine attraction, friendship and love. What they do not understand is the degree of soul-searching and introspection that goes into deciding to enter into such a relationship. There are many couples who had to endure being disowned by parents or losing friends for crossing racial lines in terms of their relationship, and these are things you just don't give up for just for sex

2. Interracial relationships always involve a white person

This is also one of the biggest myths about interracial couples in the US, and that is that these pairings always involve a white person and someone of color. When it's two people from other minority groups, the relationship is overlooked. This is probably due to the fact that discussions of race are based on dynamics between "blacks" and "whites." Today, we see so many couples of various racial backgrounds, from blacks dating Hispanics, or Hispanics dating Asians and the like.

3. Minorities in interracial relationships suffer from self-hated

People of color who prefer white partners are often accused of hating themselves. They are reproached of hating their own race and marrying other races to "dilute" their bloodlines. While some minorities date whites to achieve a certain social status, such is not the case for the majority. Many just feel a spark or hit it off with someone who just happens to have a different racial background and not necessarily ashamed of their race or themselves.

4. White people in interracial relationships are rebels

While minorities in these relationships are accused of self hatred, whites, on the other hand are accused of rebelling against their family. They are often accused of marrying because they want to displease their family. Sure, there are cases when a girl brings home a bad guy to piss off and drive her parents up the wall. But to commit to a lifetime relationship just to get back at her parents? That's highly unlikely.

5. Minorities in relationships settle for the bottom of the dating chain

A common belief is that blacks and other people of color date down when it comes to dating white people. In other words, they're picking partners at the bottom of the dating pool – those that are too fat, aren't too attractive, educated or moneyed. In other words, they are not dating "prized catches." The reason behind this is that white people are very privileged in society that they can choose any white partner they like, except those that aren't attractive enough to find one from their own race. This is a sweeping generalization that does not apply to everyone at all.

6. Interracial marriages don't last long

Another belief is that interracial relationships tend to crumble quick, mostly because it's often the couple against the world. In same – race marriages, couples do not have to deal with disapproving friends and family, religious differences and gaps in economic and social status, but apparently, studies show otherwise, stating that interracial relationships tend to last longer than and end less in divorce.

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