Interracial Relationships in the USA - 2005  

BifidFarmsFugal 42M
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7/20/2005 9:36 am

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Interracial Relationships in the USA - 2005

Having now lived in the US for a few years, in particular in New Orleans, it has been interesting to note the fact that despite leading the world in a variety of areas, Americans are still on the whole, continues to have issues with dealing with race. I have over the course of my life dated women of all colors and ethnic backgrounds. However, growing up in England, I had never lived in a society where people continue to base their views on relationships upon antiqauted stereotypes and bigotry. New Orleans is an integrated city whose history is inextricably linked with interracial relationships. The people who call themselves Creole are children of interracial relationships. To quote someone from New Orleans - 'We fucked our slaves down here'. America's history shows a long held fascination with interracial relationships, dating back as far as George Washington himself. While I understand the violent history of the USA makes moving on harder than perhaps other countries, I do wonder if people realize that the problems of racism in society today, specifically the semi-segregation that still exists in America, is not helped by not addressing these problems. As you will note, this is not a black versus white rant. The problem crosses racial boundaries and is sometimes manifested in rascism between ethnic minorities, and towards immigrants. The truth of the matter is though that the future of America is muti-racial. Understanding and acceptance of interracial relationships can only serve to make this future greater. The funny thing is that interracial relationships will only increase, and opposition or hate towards those who are in such relationships, says more about those people doing the hating than those people doing the loving.

badgered69 48M
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7/20/2005 12:05 pm

it's an eye opener to go to the States when you come from Britain. Although there is still racism in this country it is nothing like it is in the U.S. We have one of the most cosmopolitan cultures in the world and, generally, we think nothing of mixed relationships, (there will always be the ignorant minority who disagree). I used to date a Jamaican girl who was lovely and apart from one incident we never encountered any racial comments, in fact most blokes were jealous. Even under the current climate, (London bombings, high amounts of immigrants entering the country), we still accept these people into our culture. We quite rightly question their right to live here, but as long as these people have something to add to our culture the we accept them into our communities. I work with Iraqi, Iranian, Asian, Eastern Euro people and I am not aware of a single racist act to have happened over the past ten years. We see racism as totally unacceptable in Britain, in the States this does not seem to be the case. I'm in no way insinuating tha all Americans are racist, but as a culture the U.S. does not seem to be as accepting or tolerent of mixed relationships, social integration of ethnic minorities or the acceptance of migration from other countries. This is something I feel very strongly about. You are correct when you say that mixed race integration will increase, it's inevitable and should be embraced and accepted not rejected. Racism is not just a case of white people being racist against black it happens on all levels.
I'm not saying lets all be lovers, but lets at least understand what other cultures can offer us and what we can offer them. The futures not just black and white, it includes every other skin colour as well.

108 posts
7/20/2005 1:11 pm

Your so right. I for one, am totally guilty. As you stated so gracefully and extremely well, in our
society where we are stubborn and never admit to being wrong; continuing to base their views upon the relationships upon antiquated and bigotry is just the way we are.That’s one of the things that makes us different. If the men in my past had realize that the problems of racism in society today not only stems from the past generations but grows as well, then things would be different for me as well. However:
1. group of contemporaries: all of the people who were born at approximately the same time, considered as a group, and especially when considered as having shared interests and attitudes.

therefore, we believe in "keeping the dream alive". My personal dealings have taught me just how deep and strong attitudes handed down through generations can be. Isn't it true keeping part of your heritage alive, as well as a smooth blend of today society makes you a more rounded person. It's just a shame we may choose a part that hurt us.

rm_cutiepie4u79 37F
123 posts
6/25/2006 5:24 pm

I think interracial dating is beautiful. It helps us get over our own stupidty for some and help us to grow up and learn something new instead of the normal old things we do.

Miss Cutiepie4u

BifidFarmsFugal 42M
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4/23/2007 1:55 pm

46.3 million Americans ages 14 to 24 – the older segment of the most diverse generation in American society. (Most demographers say this "Millennial" generation began in the early 1980s, after Generation X.) These young people have friends of different races and also may date someone of another race.

This age group is more tolerant and open-minded than previous generations, according to an analysis of studies released last year by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. The center focuses on ages 15 to 25.

Another study by Teenage Research Unlimited in Northbrook, Ill., found six of 10 teens say their friends include members of diverse racial backgrounds.

Unlike their parents and grandparents, today's teens and twentysomethings grew up with "diversity," "multicultural" and "inclusion" as buzzwords. Many were required to take college courses in cultural diversity. Now the media fuel this colorblindness as movies, TV and advertising portray interracial friendship and romance.

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