I have all the same fears and hopes around my love interests as the next guy.
I'm sure it's tempting to feign colorblindness in the hopes of avoiding uncomfortable discussions about race.
It still exists and if your teen dates a member of another race, they will both be likely to be subjected to it.
A 2012 AP poll reported by NBC shows that 51 percent of American's expressed explicit anti-black sentiments, up from 48 percent in 2008.
It's hard to believe that just over 40 years ago, the U. Dating can be complicated enough without any added issues, so having an open and honest talk with your teen is an important way to foster communication and understanding.
Arm yourself with the most recent statistics concerning interracial dating.
It's always interesting to watch people's reactions on date one (or two, but rarely three) when they inevitably ask what I'm made of. Once the proverbial cat crawls out of the bag, the enthusiasm over bringing me home to meet the parents has a tendency to dry up.
Sometimes I see surprise -- the holy-shit-are-you-kidding-me look. In all fairness, it's pretty damn hard to relate to the realities of anyone who's got a different set of life experiences than you -- and being biracial can be a tough reality to embrace because we so often don't quite fit in anywhere.
I'm not white enough for white privilege, not black enough for black heritage.
And while I'm happy to see more mixing than ever before, it's still staggering how confusing I can be to people.
When you're biracial, your background is the subject of many conversations -- far more so than mentioning your Italian grandmother or Passover traditions.
Sometimes the curiosity is heartfelt; other times it crosses over into determining exactly what kind of upbringing I had to ensure I'm good enough. which brings me to my next point: when you’re biracial, people who do pursue you often do because you are biracial. When you’re biracial, people ask you about your sexual performance and compare you to the first stereotypes they learned in a grade-school bathroom.
The younger generation is much more accepting of interracial relationships than previous generations.