Psychology behind interracial dating
While many are outraged at the detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, not all are shocked.Though she was not charged with any crime, police handcuffed the actress last week. But her boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian Lucas, who was there, believes something else was amiss, namely that officers mistook the mixed-race couple for a prostitute and one of her clients.She is a public affairs intern for this year with the Council on Contemporary Families. Virginia Rutter is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University. M., Bonilla-Silva, E., Ray, V., Buckelew, R., & Hordge-Freeman, E. Critical race theories, colorism, and the decade’s research on families of color. She is a columnist and editor at author of the forthcoming edition) and a senior fellow and board member of the Council on Contemporary Families. (They didn’t meet at a strip club, but through their jobs, like most Americans.)Having been together over a decade, the idea rankles her that they can still walk into a room and be viewed as an oddity, but a same-race couple on a first or second date are viewed as though they obviously fit together.Despite all of the kumbaya anecdotes and data out there, such as the fact that mixed-race families are the fastest-growing demographic in America, there is not a single interracial couple I know who has been together for an extended period of time who has not experienced some awkwardness or indignity that same-race couples do not.
Not to mention the fact the current president is the product of a mixed-race union.During a previous interview, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recounted that, while dating, he and his wife, Chirlane Mc Cray, who is black, were surrounded and taunted by a group of teens shouting “Jungle Fever” at them.