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How's Swirling in the South? Here is what Christelyn found out in Charleston, SC!

Posted by Christelyn, 29 May 15

Does the region that someone lives in influencing their openness (or not) to interracial relationships? Various discussions that have been carried out on the subject say: Yes! So I decided to get out there and find out for myself.

Much as Charleston is a city with lots of history, not all of it of good. Initially, it was "Charles Town", named in honor of King Charles II. The town was first colonized by wealthy Englishmen who were given property because they were loyal to the king. At first, getting African slaves to the region was quite a challenge so they decided to go with Native American slaves. But eventually, they got the Black slaves.

The locals changed the name to "Charleston" after the Englishmen were defeated in the American Revolution. When slavery boomed with the invention of the cotton gin, black slaves outnumbered the whites... they were everywhere as maids, butlers, cotton pickers. They opposed Lincoln’s move to abolish slavery and they fought long and hard against it in the Civil War.

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Today Charleston is a hub for tourists, universities, the military, and businesses. And because of slavery, people who have lived here for generations still cling on to their conservative ways... the main one being the belief that the races shouldn’t mix. Both the upper-class white society and many of the blacks who have been there for generations agree.

Well here is how it all went down in Charleston...

Christelyn Karazin is the co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed. She's also the co-host of "Swirlr" the first multiracial, multicultural dating show, and publishes the blog, Beyond Black & White.

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  1.   elcamino67 says:
    Posted: 16 Dec 17

    First and foremost I did like the comments from Badgnx2 written below. Its up to the journalist or writer to FULLY inform those who have never been to place (or any other for that matter), about the interracial dating scene (if that's the topic or whatever else). One has to COMPLETELY do their job, to put it simply. I'm an African American male from a major northern city who recently visited Charleston. I didnt see very many interracial couples there. The local people that I did meet weren't rude or disrespectful though. One White girl I did speak to said there weren't many Black males with White girls there. The downtown is extremely small (only a couple of blocks) and quaint looking. Its a good looking area in a "folksy" kind of way. The nearby mountains give it character. Overall I found it rather boring and see no reason to return.

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  2.   rogue_male says:
    Posted: 21 May 16

    First time I have heard of er, 'swirling' but then it would be an unusual metaphor for 'interracial' dating in London; we would just call it 'interracial' or 'mixed' here! :-) Maybe thats too blunt in politically correct parts of the USA? There are some weird cultural differences between us I guess! :-)

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  3.   Badgnx2 says:
    Posted: 25 Jul 15

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    • missC235 says:
      Posted: 01 Aug 15

      Why you so angry

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      • Aeon444 says:
        Posted: 19 Aug 15

        I don't think the gentleman came across as angry at all. Perhaps sarcastic and cynical. His suggestions are valuable. Actually, I had similar sentiments about the journalistic accuracy of the content. For example, "They opposed Lincoln’s move to abolish slavery and they fought long and hard against it in the Civil War." It's not clear who "they" were. This is a difficult topic to discuss and write about. I think it is admirable that the young lady has offered her opinion. I don't think it should be viewed as historical fact but instead as a personal view of the subject matter.

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