Thursday, 12 March 2015



When you truly love someone, it's easy to overlook superficial differences like race or language.
However, not everybody is as accepting as you are.
Before you get yourself involved in an interracial relationship, you need to know the possible advantages and disadvantages of this kind of dating to help you prepare for prejudice, stigma and other negative reactions you may face as an interracial couple.
Check out some of the pros and cons below:
  • Advantage - Breaking stereotypes: When you date someone of a different race, it gives you and your partner opportunities to break negative stereotypes about your respective races. It also provides a counterexample to ignorant and hateful stereotypes, and helps others become more open-minded and accepting.
  • Disadvantage - Reactions from family and friends: Your family and friends may not be very comfortable with your choice of partner for several reasons. For instance, they may believe negative stereotypes about certain races or feel uncomfortable interacting with people who are different from them. Also, your family may worry that you might abandon your cultural heritage if you become committed to a person of a different race, or they may be concerned that your partner's family or friends won't accept you.
  • Advantage - Learning about different cultures: One of the great parts of dating someone from a different race is that it may allow you to experience a new culture, which may include different foods, rituals, religion or family structure. You may also get to learn new perspectives from your partner. All these new experiences can help you become more open-minded and reduce your conscious and subconscious stereotypes. Also, they can challenge your ideas and beliefs, which will lead to personal growth. However, don't assume that a person of a particular race necessarily participates in cultures associated with that race.
  • Disadvantage - Society's reactions: Not only are you likely to experience some racism and stereotyping from your family and friends, you'll probably experience this in everyday society, as well. People may be surprised to see you are a couple; they may even treat you differently, judge you unfairly or make inappropriate comments.
Before you take the leap into interracial dating, be sure that you and your partner are well aware of the challenges involved, so you don't get caught unawares by the cold response from some people.


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