Is the African American media obsessed with interracial dating?
"… nobody talks more about interracial dating than black folks."
These are the thoughts of Charing Ball on Madamenoire. She thinks Blacks are obsessed/infatuated with interracial dating. And why she thinks so is because of the high number of articles in magazines and blogs (targeting the black readers) that talk about dating white saying:
"... you just don't see the topic broached in mainstream magazines like GQ or Vogue. You don’t see white therapists or white relationship experts or other white folks with alphabets behind their names and a platform, spouting the virtues of dating black men and women. Let's face it: when it comes to reporting about "Jungle Fever," this virus is only at epidemic proportions in the African American press... And if they are not expounding on your personal choice on whom you date, then they are highlighting all the wonderful interracial couples in Hollywood. " she adds.
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Ok. Honestly, I have never thought about it that way. That whites don't speak much about interracial dating. Well, I went to GQ.com and did a search on "interracial"... Nothing came up. Did the same with Vogue.com and "Sorry, there were no results found for interracial". Even Cosmo had nothing. The lack of anything on interracial dating got me asking myself: Do we white folks NOT talk about interracial dating? That white relationship experts don't write articles about "the virtues of dating black men and women"; that we don't write guide books about snagging a black man; that our magazines don't feature interracial couples? Ok! I think I am going to make it my mission to come up with something. But even if I do, Ball is talking about the "epidemic" levels which to be honest, I don't think I will come across such levels...
But if her thinking is true, why this so?
For ball, this much talk about interracial dating - dating white especially - makes her wonder: "If the color of the person we choose date doesn't matter, why do we talk about it so much?" Could it be white media don't report much about it because color doesn't matter or it matters so much we don't wanna talk about it?
"... obviously these stories are very popular, which is why these publications continue to put them out. After all, stories mean page clicks, and page clicks equates to dollars. And if there are folks willing to read it than you can place the blame solely on black media for continuing to cater to their audience," she says.
Well... maybe its the white audience we are lacking. Right? ;-)
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