by Guest Contributor Sewere
I grew up in a country where despite the fact that the vast majority of people there are black folks, there are serious limitations to interactions between people from different ethnic groups.
These differences are particularly pronounced when it comes to who you decide to pair with (dating or marriage). As the product of one of those forbidden marriages, I grew up not paying any attention to who I could or could not date (obviously believing that the person should respect both my heritages and my family.) I pretty much stuck to that mantra when I moved to the U.S. So I am often surprised when I find myself pulled into conversations like the one I with a friend of my cousin’s….
Cousin [interjecting out of nowhere]: You know he’s dated white women?
Friend: What is it with these brothers with dread locks chasing after white women?
Me [playing the oblivious]: I don’t know, it probably because The Man ™ put something into the beeswax. Continue reading