Stories of black women dating white men
His whiteness hasn’t prevented the microaggressions and presumptions I face daily.It doesn’t make my family immune to structural racism and state violence.Some have gone so far as to suggest that when black or brown women date white men, the act is exempt from their criticism because it can be an attempt to avoid abusive dynamics present in their own communities.This is a dubious argument at best, and downright dangerous in a time when the far right is smearing whole categories of black or brown men by calling them rapists and abusers.I understand the overarching point of much of this criticism: Portrayal of black or brown characters in popular culture is often terrible.People of color are not seen as desirable, funny, or smart.In fact, I never feel blacker than when I’m the only black person in the room, having dinner with my white in-laws (lovely as they are).Others who bash men of color for dating white women have argued that the dynamic of women of color dating white men is an entirely different ball game.
Each time she marries, is she in a different status with her own blackness? Does my partner’s whiteness have any effect on my blackness?I felt this most acutely in communities I’ve developed as a feminist.I can almost see the disappointment radiating off people who find out that my partner is white.Smith asks Adichie to reflect upon the pleasure they both feel in the fact that US president Barack Obama married Michelle Obama, a dark-skinned black woman.“But then I have to ask myself, well if he married a mixed-race woman, would that in some way be a lesser marriage? “If it was a white woman, would we feel differently?