What has success got to do with interracial relationships?

Posted by James, 09 Nov 07

halleaubrey.jpgThere is a hate that some African-American women voice and loudly! – they hate it when a black man becomes famous - he's always quick to run to a caucasian woman to marry. Question is: Does success determine whom society thinks you will or should love? What does fame and success have to do with loving whoever the heart tells you to?

There has always been this notion that once a black man becomes successful in life he forgets about the sister that stayed with his a** when he had nothing and was a nobody. Is this entirely true? I don’t think so.

Much as there are a few brothas that marry someone of a different race once they became successful, there are also those that have married their beautiful black sistas. Plus there is one thing most of us fail to consider… COINCIDENCE! May be the dude just happened to meet the person they love after making it in life… and that person happened to be caucasian. Its sad to see how people get pissed over interracial marriages or dating and how they always dig up reasons to justify why you decided to date interracially.

Your perfect partner could be online right now...

What are you looking for?

Haven’t they ever heard of love and attraction?

I usually like to believe that it’s no one’s business whom I decide to date or marry. And people shouldn’t have to give reasons why. If one feels that a woman or man of another race is going to love them the way they want be loved, then that is their business don’t you think? Pouting and name calling is not going to make them change their mind. There are many successful black women who date interracially, Shar Jackson, Venus Williams etc. etc., Moreso, there are many successful black males married to lovely black females, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Sidney Poiter come to mind. So, is it just because the media focus on an "interracial union" moreso or is it just that you yourself notice it more?

So he is not with a black woman. But does it really matter? Is this something to get an ulcer over? It is NOT WRITTEN that ‘Thou shall not date outside your race once you become successful' and you don't have to be any particular race to be a "trophy wife"

Another point is Black men, for example, are a minority group in America. So they would be surrounded by White, Hispanic, and Asian women. Common sense would seem to dictate that there would be interracial dating, marriages, and children between Whites and Blacks unless there were specific laws against or attacks on interracial couples.

It actually would be weird for some Black men NOT to choose to date White, Hispanic, or Asian women if that is what is also around them.

Statistics prove the majority of Black men, date and marry Black women. So, if some Black men (or women) date and marry other races what is the problem? By the way, the American group with the largest percentage of interracial marriages would be Asian American women. Why no focus on Asian American women that date outside of their "race"?

I know people tend to get mad even when they see a black woman with a white man. I was shocked to hear of a dude who refuses to watch Halle Berry films just coz she is pregnant by a white man. And you won’t believe his argument: "Out of all the successful black men she could have been with, she chooses to get pregnant by a white man!" Personally, I find it a little hard to watch Tom Cruise movies after what he did to Nicole :)

Looking at Berry’s story, its not like she never dated successful black men, she did. But she has now moved on and found someone who loves her and wants to be with. She fell in love with a white man just as she would a black man.

Who cares if Cuba Gooding Jr. married a white woman? That would be his business. We wouldn't even ever know about it if these people weren't famous.

Not only do we judge the famous. We also form opinions about the random people walking down the street with their significant other. Turning our noses in disgust won’t make them love each other less.

It’s time to let our intelligence guide our thoughts and opinions and judge people for who they are as opposed to who they date or marry.

Tags: black white dating, success and relationships

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  1.   Member says:
    Posted: 26 Aug 09

    WELL ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO I WAS BEAT BY 4 BLACK GIRLS JUST BECAUSE I WAS THE WHITE GIRL IN THE HOOD AND I HAD TO END UP CUTTING ONE OF THE GIRLS ON HER FACE NOW EVERYTIME I CUT THE CORNER I WONDER IF THESE GIRLS ARE GONNA HAVE SOME OF THEIR OTHER FRIENDS OR RELATIVES TO TRY TO KNOCK ME OFF. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHERE ALL THE HATE COMES FROM?

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  2.   downsouth says:
    Posted: 17 Aug 09

    I am a WF married to a AM and it's hard in the south. When I first met him I was really opposed to the idea, however we just hit it off. I think I fell in love with his mind first and then after he put his arms around me I just knew we were made for one another. Now after eight years of marriage my 19 year old son is letting me know how hard it has been on him as his father continues to say ugly things about me, and this really upsets him. I feel really alone most of the time because I wont go to church in fear of offending someone. I love to be around people, but somehow I dont know take the first step. My family and my son does love my husband. But somehow I feel that I have lost myself. I just want you to know that this life choise is not easy, at least for me. My husband is happy and fine. I dont think he knows what I'm going through. I was not looking for a black man, I was just looking for someone who would love and cherish me and he does. I just dont feel that love anymore and I'm confused and dont know what to do. I have never tried to hide our love from others. I'm proud of him and myself as we are both successful, however we became that way together, It's like we need one another. I want you to also know that he loves his AA sisters and that was important to me. I did not want to be just another white girl. He has alot of respect for women in general. I use to know myself and my direction in life, now it's not so clear. Can anyone give me advice. And to the ladies and men out there, know that life style is hard. So think twice about who you may be hurting and ask yourself is it worth crossing the line?

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  3.   Member says:
    Posted: 27 Mar 09

    What strikes me about the conversation is how sellout black women say they have dated all these different men in different countries and have nothing to show for it. So, the white man took you to candlelight dinner. Black women will reminisce over that and be unaware that white man just left you with a sore pussy and broken heart. At some point black women need to stop talking about greats they had with white men and look for the ring. It is not hard for a white man to be with a black woman. They do it and then have second thoughts and you give him a pass because he his white. It is always "oh his friends discouraged him", "maybe he wasn't ready for a black woman". How about he is a coward or he just wanted you for sex! Good day

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  4.   nic281 says:
    Posted: 09 Feb 09

    Love should not see color and If you love someone the color of their skin should not matter, As for the person who spoke about France I lived in the country for several years and I just think people or more open on dating, here in America people or still afraid to love outside their race because of what others may think, I i'm black and I have dated with men in France, England and other countries where I lived at the time and I have to say I did not put myself out there, the men came to me and ask to date me some lasted for years others were short but all was filled with love and happiness, In the USA it's much harder to find this mostly the white men or looking or sometimes afraid of what their friends will think if they said hey I found love with a black women, because that old slave idea or still lurking in the back of their minds, I have to say in Europe we are so much open to loving someone for who their or and not only on race maybe here people should just let it be since love finds you no matter what.....

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  5.   kim says:
    Posted: 15 Dec 08

    I am just greatfull that we live in a time where we don't have to sit at the back of the bus anymore and we can choose who we love without getting linched.

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  6.   poetlove says:
    Posted: 06 Jul 08

    Well mentioning Sidney Poitier is irrelevant he has mixed kids.Halle Berry beautiful yes, crazy probably. I don't know if those get paid and get a white slogans still stabd up. But I see it alot, Alfre Woodard man I was surprised

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  7.   SLOTZ says:
    Posted: 06 Jul 08

    I Don't understand why our sisters are are so much attracted to interracial marriages.Our sisters use to say they date White males at the end because Black males choose White females or betray Black females.But what could prove that the real problem is the Kemit Man?the real problem could be the Kemit woman.They want to be with White males because they say that Brothers are too hard and not fRESH.They don't like their brothers.Our people are not united.Some think that racism is over and also want to have mixed babies with blue eyes or green eyes.Our sisters want to date White males just to have mixed children.I think they don't respect themselves first.They are lost.I know that most of African Americans date between themselves and that's good .But in France,i think it's not the case.Some think that mixing the races will be the future.I think those people are crazy.Brothers and sisters have to unite first before going with the rest of humanity.I don't think of separite the ethnic group:African is African,Afro west indian is afro west indian or African American is African American.BUT BLACK IS BLACK:We all come from Africa and our ancestors were the Pharaos and the kings and Queens of the all african tribes through the continent.

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  8. Posted: 17 Mar 08

    You made some excellent points Rua! I am a young,beautiful, intelligent, motivated Black woman,and I am attracted to people who appreciate those qualities, and for me personally, I gravitate toward WM. ps- where do you live? Because I don't know what type of black folk you know, but at first glance I would DEFINITELY guess that you "barely got enough Black in [you] to check that box on an application" lol

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  9.   Tanza says:
    Posted: 01 Mar 08

    What is with the blackcentury.com "ads" that are popping up all over this site???? Is no one else annoyed by them? This is spamming that is going unnoticed by the proprietor of this blog. This person is obviously not interested in contributing to the blog comments. Every post is an attempt to drum up business for that sorry website.

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  10.   Rua says:
    Posted: 29 Feb 08

    I am a very strong and successful Black/Native American woman. "My experience" (and this is my experience only - not all inclusive) with AA men has been that they have viewed me as being someone they need to break, dominate and control. My earthly father raised me to be strong and independent, and that has helped me get where I am today. I have dated men of all ethnicities, and find that I have the most success with White men. They love the fact that I am strong and successful and treat me as an asset rather than a conquest. One thing that many people overlook about Halle Berry is the obvious fact that she was looking for her father's love when she was dating Black men. Since she had no real experience with Black men, she didn't know how to handle herself. So she threw herself on them expecting to fill a void that only her father could. I remember hearing some of her interviews when she was with Justice and Benet, and I thought to myself, "Man, is she needy.." Yes, Halle Berry was very emotionally needy. I really felt sorry for her. But when she got herself together and realized that she could live without her father's love as long as she knew and loved herself, she began to extend her boundaries and found love. I'm happy for her, and anyone else who knows themselves well enough to pursue what they truly desire. The differences between people are cultural, not just racial. There are Black people on this planet that I have nothing in common with except the tone of my skin. Because when you check my DNA, I've barely got enough Black in me to check that box on an application. But most people don't look at my features, just my skin. I embrace both my ethnicities equally and I love who I am. But the real me lies far beneath the skin. Just looking at my surface won't tell you much.

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  11.   HereIambaby says:
    Posted: 29 Feb 08

    there is no guarantee on marriage. it's something of a risk and something we have to prepare ourselves for. Maybe the problem of marriages not succeeding is because the people involved do not know themselves and the other person's background enough. I mean, isn't it important to have someone who suits you and your ways ? And that person might be from your culture or another one. At the same time, cultures do have dominant characteristics, like some cultures are quiet and gentle and others are a bit tough (in their ways) so if for example you're a sensitive person you'd have to go for the person and the 'culture' that coincides with you.There are some good interracial dating sites, such as Blackcentury.com. Maybe you can have a try on it.

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  12.   KDH says:
    Posted: 28 Feb 08

    I personally do not have any problem with Interracial Dating or marriage, but I do know a few that do in which I think is very sad. Like darren said that really does limit you. Not just in the dating world, but in the experiences that you would be passing up by limiting yourself. The sad part of celebrity relationships no matter what color it seems is that they dont last very long, and then it turns into an ugly public divorce. Child Custody

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  13.   CT says:
    Posted: 21 Feb 08

    I believe that Halle Berry has finally found someone with whom to share her life, someone who appreciates her and cherishes her. I also pray that she is with Gabriel, because she allowed herself to be open to love, and that she found it with him. That is really the only thing that matters. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Chaton_Turner

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  14.   phatkitty says:
    Posted: 02 Jan 08

    Just for my information, can someone please tell me what Tom Cruise did to Nicole Kidman. Because i seem to be the last clueless person on this top in the Western Hemisphere. I actually stop liking him after he started going bizurk over Katie, and turned into a complete fool.

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  15. Posted: 17 Dec 07

    I obviously don't care (considering where I'm at). However, what I do care about is the attitude that comes along with it. If you're going to date outside your race, be classy about it. Even if you're not interested in someone at least smile and be graceful. I have seen lots of black men turn their noses at black women (an mind you, these were not ugly women either--I'm talking runway quality) and then smile like cheshire cats at white/latina/asian women. That's not classy. What's classy is being nice to people no matter how you feel. Take 5 minutes to talk to a woman and leave her in a good mood and with a positive impression of you.

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  16.   Darren says:
    Posted: 21 Nov 07

    Absolutely sexual anatomy or dating in general is a numbers game, just like Sales (as a profession is) and many other endeavors. Limiting your mates to a specific race only limits you. Getting rejected by any race or sex is tough, I used to take it personally, but then I began to realize some of the women I felt I was "doing them a favor" by even talking to them were flat out not interested...this is because of any number of reasons, not necessarily my looks or personality or the way I approached them....BOTTOM LINE IMPROVE YOUR NUMBERS AND IMPROVE YOUR ODDS.....more at http://publicflirt.com

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  17.   phatkitty says:
    Posted: 12 Nov 07

    My only comment on this piece is, Halley has married 2 AA men and both marriages ended in divorce. In a previous relationship (while still dating) she was also physically abused by her boyfriend. So if she finds love in another color, who are we to judge. It's hard enough to find the right one as it is. So if we can't be happy for people, then let them be. Another thing, her mother is caucasian. A lot of AA people forget that side of her. Her AA father was also a deadbeat. She has never once claimed to be white; she has always claimed to be AA, she could have easily claimed to be bi-racial or multi-cultural or whatever. So please give her a break. If she is happy: am happy for her. ps. Sidney Potier never married a black woman. His wife/wives have always been caucasian.

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