Phenomenon of mixed-race relationships in a Pennsylvania Town
The small town of Shenandoah, Pa., made headlines last month when a Mexican man was beaten to death by a group of white teenagers. The boys reportedly shouted slurs at the man and his girlfriend, who is white.
Though united by love, most interracial couples must contend with disapproving looks and, sometimes, insults hurled at them. And this is happening to interracial couples, mostly Caucasian women and Mexican men, who live in the town of Shenandoah to the extent of garnering media attention when a group of white teenagers killed a Mexican man who had a white girlfriend. That isn’t the whole story … they have to deal with the uncertainty that they could one day be separated because their partner is not a United States legal.
One of the couples has been together for six years and has two children together. They too faced the hostile environment coz the dude is Mexican and the lady White. Much as they want to get married, the dude doesn’t want to. "I don't want people to say that she married me so I could get my papers," he says. "I am with her because I love her." Much as she respects his decision, she hopes that he can change his mind coz she doesn’t want him to be deported.
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Discrimination in East Pennsylvania isn’t only limited to Latina Men dating white women. Latina women who are dating white men also feel its wrath. Some women have had to live with people telling them their spouses could have done better.
Much as these interracial couples are however bothered by the lack of tolerance in a town that is hardly a mile long and has a church on every two blocks. But here is the best thing about the whole thing: white women who have chosen to be with Mexican men say it is because they are more "…loving, more responsible, and have a clear concept of family and also prefer working two shifts so they can be home caring for their children."
When will these haters ever get it?
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