Last year, the cereal brand Cheerios released a commercial that featured an interracial couple and their biracial daughter. The racist backlash against seeing a black man with a white woman was so severe that Cheerios had to disable comments on its YouTube account. During the Super Bowl this year, the brand double-downed on its efforts to be reflective of a diverse nation and released a second commercial featuring the same family.
Interracial relationships have taken place in America since colonial times, but couples in such romances continue to face problems and challenges. When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U. A major reason interracial relationships continue to carry stigma is their association with violence.
Allison Skinner does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. According to the most recent U. More interracial relationships are also appearing in the media — on televisionin film and in advertising.
Morgan, 19, white, and Jordan, 20, black. Dating almost two years. Morgan: I was so embarrassed the whole time!
Taylor Durbin. In regards to race, this past year has been a nearly-unprecedented catalyst for conversation, especially when it comes to the roles that race plays in personal and romantic relationships. For every positive, empowering moment of progress, it also feels as though there's another tragic moment of loss or discrimination.
My cousins can be split into two groups: Ones who grew up with weaves and skin lighteners and ones who needed sunscreen and haircuts. Our family is a classic case of women and the black men who left them versus the white men who stayed. I remember being 6 and slapping my white uncle in the face to figure out why his face turned bloodred.
Screengrabs from YouTube. Though interracial couple channels on YouTube have been around for as long as any other, the past few years have seen them peak. Viewers watched influencer and beauty vlogger Patricia Bright fall for her now-husband Mike on her own channel.
Jill Scott has stirred up a debate between Essence readers after discussing her views on interracial dating with the magazine, stating that she "felt a little wince" when her African-American friend told her he had married a white woman. In a post titled " Commentary: Jill Scott Talks Interracial Dating, " Scott explains that she believes the "wince" she felt does not come from her personal upbringing, but rather from the notion "that for women of color, this very common "wince" has solely to do with the African story in America," and the historical implications behind interracial relationships. She was nothing and neither was our Black man.
What do tennis star Serena Williams, U. Kamala Harris and businesswoman Mellody Hobson have in common? But despite these real-world examples of interracial relationships, a Pew Research Center report found that black women are the least likely group of women to marry, especially outside of their own race.