Reader comments are listed below. Comments are currently closed and new comments are no longer being accepted. Thank you Economist. This is smart reporting. Racial issues are not going away, and we might as well start talking about the current drug and incarceration laws, especially since it cost so freaking much to incarcerate people.
Why dark-skinned black girls like me aren't getting married
Things You Only Know When You Date White Guys. And You're Not White | Grazia
I grew up in a small town in the 90's, where I was the only non-white girl in my class at school and my skin colour was a curiosity rather than a threat. There was no racial tension, but then again, no sense of black community. There were quite literally no black people at all. When people asked me about my ethnicity, I would often just mumble something about tanning easily and change the subject, and I brushed off racist slurs like any other insult. And nowhere is it more of an issue than in the world of dating and relationships.
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At the root of your exclusion of women of color from your dating pool lies a deep-seated allegiance to whiteness so that you and your kin can continue to benefit from white privilege. Further, straying from white women as your partners of choice could have dastardly consequences that result in the dilution of your family and your own perceived whiteness. It is not a coincidence that the girl that you had relations with last week looks like your sister, mom, aunt or the random Gap ad you found yourself staring at for a little too long. You have had choices this cuffing season and every other cuffing season.
Listen, I get it. My curves are a bit more exaggerated. My lips are naturally more full. My voice is unabashedly louder. And my skin is much darker and, well, thicker.