Were they pushed into intra-racial dating?
In this age and era of growing acceptance of interracial dating, it saddens me to read about a mother who 'banned' her daughter (White) from dating an African American boy. She had never considered herself a racist until her daughter brought a black boy home. She writes:
"He was about as nice a guy as you would ever hope your daughter would bring home. He was African-American. It was then I found I indeed did have a problem.
I banned her from dating him. That is not a good thing to do with a 16-year-old, but I could not help it. I spent days meeting with my priest, discussing it with a counselor, then went back and swallowed hard.
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I told my daughter I would no longer prohibit their dating. I explained that I would never be able to fully accept it, but I would not forbid it."
This mom wasn’t the only one with a problem. Apparently, even the boy’s mom wasn’t comfortable. When asked by the White mom how she felt about their kids’ interracial relationship, she said she is wonderful and a real treasure but she aint Black. “I am sorry, I am old-fashioned I guess, but I am not happy with my son dating a white girl.” They both laughed knowing they felt the same.
"The problem is not with…my daughter or her boyfriend; it is with a generation of us still holding on with all we have to what we were raised to believe. I hope they can forgive us," she says.
The thing is, when the two went off to college, they drifted apart and now, both of them are dating people from their own race. Clearly, the lesson the moms learned from their parents has been passed on to their son and daughter. Were they pushed into dating their own race by their parents?
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