Democracy-Were you ever afraid of dating someone of different race?
Family alienation is one of many challenges facing multicultural couples. Societal discrimination also poses a challenge. Adding on to cultural differences that the couple may experience, such alienations may cause a strain in the couple’s relationship.
Society has a history of frowning upon cross-cultural marriage. Stereotypes further complicate matters. However some multicultural couples actually have stronger relationships as a result of the painful realities as racism and conflict with extended family members they endure. This may make them have an easier time negotiating the day-to-day struggles of their marriage.
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Psychologist Maria Root, clinician and researcher at the University of Washington, says that multicultural couples are ‘attracted to each other for the same reasons that individuals in same-race couples are…They consistently state that they get married because they like and love each other.'
On to our poll results, majority (89%) said they were not afraid to date someone from a different race. (No, it's my life and the hell with anyone that says otherwise!:89% -168 Votes). 21% said 'Yes I was afraid of what my family and friends would say: 21 votes.
Based on these results, it means that if you really love someone and are dating for the right reasons, then screw society. Together you can overcome all the prejudice and cultural differences. And for those still afraid of dating someone from a different culture afraid what others would say, here is some advice. It’s your world the two of you will be creating and sharing from the union.
'Differences exist and what needs to be looked at is how couples negotiate them,' Root said. Those outside of your world don’t really matter. What matters is that the two of you are comfortable with each other.
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