The days of couples having to be secretive about interracial dating have passed, however, even in more modern lifestyles and more liberal trains of thought, there are still many roadblocks that interracial couples have to overcome to find peace and joy in the relationship that they have chosen to enter.
It would appear that when two people are in love with each other, people should be happy for them, no matter what the color of their skin, but in many cases, friends, family, neighbors, and the people you work with can find interracial dating a subject that they are not yet able to accept.
In most cases, it's the parents of one of the partners who may find interracial dating inappropriate. Older generations are most likely to think it is morally wrong for people of different races to date or marry.
If the parents are against interracial dating, the couple may be reluctant to tell them that they are dating someone outside their race for fear that they will be chastised, ridiculed, or rejected.
One or both individuals in an interracial relationship may feel anxiety, guilt, or other pressure because of what people may say or think. Even a trip to the mall or any other social place may be a challenge. The dirty looks and nasty comments are all part of what an interracial couples may be subjected to.
The most controversial topic of interracial dating is between African-Americans and Caucasians. Both races have issues that date back to the days of slavery in the United States.
As recently as in 1968, you had more of a problem being accepted if you dated outside of your race, sometimes at the expense of getting hurt or killed.
Today, interracial dating has been accepted in many parts of the country but there are still areas where it is not accepted at all, but times are changing and it is being accepted more and more all around the country. Although thoughts and perceptions have changed in the United States, dating outside your race may still be a touchy subject for many people.
Many people feel that it's okay to date outside your race if the two ethnic groups are found in the family tree. In many cases, people agree that only certain races can be mixed together. For example, a person may think that it's okay for an Asian to date a Caucasian, but not okay for an African-American and a Caucasian to date.
Most people who have dated someone outside their race, grew up around different cultures or went to a racially mixed school were they got to know more about people of other ethnic backgrounds.
In many families, dating outside racial boundaries can have long term affects, some good and some bad. If family members think interracial dating is okay, you can have a very positive relationship.
But if certain family members don't think it's acceptable for you to date outside your race, it can lead to a relationship that has deep seated problems. There will be anger, anxiety, and it will be hard to take part in family events where the two of you will be looked at as outcasts.
But the bottom line is, if you are in an interracial relationship, you really shouldn't care what the next person thinks, although you must remember that you are living in a society that has mixed feelings about the subject.
If you decide to get married, what will your family and friends think? If you are a single parent, how do you tell your child that your dating someone who is not the same race as you are? How will it affect your prospects for advancement at work or landing a job at certain companies? Will there be problems living in certain neighborhoods? These are just some of the issues that interracial couples have to deal with on a daily basis.
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