Fully a quarter of black men who got married in 2013 married someone who was not black.Only 12% of black women married outside of their race.Whoopi Goldberg has talked about interracial dating on "The View," saying you date whom you are around.Oprah Winfrey has encouraged black women to explore "what is out there." While the discussion includes men of all races and ethnicities, the focus is primarily on overcoming taboos against dating white men. Get over those old images of slavery and stop blaming every white man for sins perpetrated by others.I’m not sure what the weather’s like in your neck of the woods, but those woods look like this out here: Before you seek out a warm body for your bed, please make sure he or she isn’t an utter disappointment. Send your inquiries to [email protected], or find me on Twitter @etbowser. Here’s today’s question: It’s 2015 and y’all are still out here fussing about melanin levels? Complaining about who someone else is dating like it’s any of your business. When black men – arguably the most stereotyped and subjugated minority group in the country – see black women dating outside their race, they, once again, feel shunned.
In encouraging black women to date and marry interracially, the book has joined a broadening debate in recent years fueled by the blogosphere, the entertainment industry and comments by prominent African Americans.
I also hate the weird sense of “duty” that is often batted around in these conversations, as if you’re somehow betraying an entire race by dating outside of it, disparaging your ancestors in the process.
I’m pretty sure my ancestors would want me to be with someone who loved me unconditionally first and foremost, not which hair products they use.
In 2013, a record-high 12% of newlyweds married someone of a different race, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data.
(This share does not take into account the “interethnic” marriages between Hispanics and non-Hispanics, which we covered in an earlier report on intermarriage.) Looking beyond newlyweds, 6.3% of all marriages were between spouses of different races in 2013, up from less than 1% in 1970.