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The last time I checked, I was dating a very loving, caring, compassionate man with a huge heart. Above all, their assumptions are problematic because they sustain white superiority, which positions Blackness as inferior. Sure love is a choice, but who you fall in love with just sort of happens. He works in opera and listens to Renae Fleming. I work in social media and listen to EDM. And anyone who has ever been in love also knows that interlopers will unapologetically insert their judgments into your relationship.
Although our differences are surface deep, people will leverage them as a way to propagate their perception. My partner and I love to travel, and we travel well together. Last Christmas, I went to Sydney to meet his family and friends.
God forbid we are just two people who work hard, love and enjoy each other and want to see the world on our own dimes. The assumption completely disregards any global exposure I might have had prior to our involvement.
My family saw the value in traveling abroad, and promoted that in me. I spent a summer in Australia when I was 18 before I started college, and I backpacked through Europe right after my postsecondary graduation. I was afforded the privilege to learn so much more about the world and myself through traveling, and I can now continue these global lessons with my partner. On a macro level, villainizing Blackness is detrimental because it caters to white fear. White fear is trigger happy, and it is absent of regret or restitution. The white sugar daddy trope perpetuated by many is rancid with racist subtext, and paints any young Black person dating an older white person as the dark villain.
Regardless of race, sexuality, age, gender or socio-economic status, people will always have something to say about your relationship. Perception is never really about you; it reveals much more about those perceiving than those perceived. I get it. I also understand that many of the comments are just silly banter. At its organic root, perceptions are just thoughts with the absence of facts or the whole truth magnified by a personal bias. Terrence Chappell is a Chicago-based writer. He covers an array of topics ranging from social justice to more brain candy content such as pop culture and infotainment.
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