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Valentine’s Day Forum on Interracial Dating Tonight

Ashley Sequeira

Valentine’s Day: the holiday meant for couples to profess their love for each other, take a romantic stroll, gaze into each other’s eyes, and just be downright lovey-dovey. However, things haven’t always been this way for interracial couples.

Dating someone out of one’s race used to be considered taboo. In fact, interracial marriage was seen as completely wrong and was even banned in the U.S. during most of the nation’s history. While there are still signs of opposition, such as a Louisiana justice of the peace’s denial to marry an interracial couple, interracial dating and marriage is generally accepted in the U.S.; this is especially true for our generation of 18 to 29-year-olds. This great support comes as a Pew Center study reveals that one in seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial. Dating and/or marrying someone outside of one’s race or ethnicity is most common among Asians and Hispanics, with 40% of newlywed Asian women choosing to marry outside of their race. Interracial dating and educational level seem to be related, reports the study, as College-educated adults are more likely to couple-up with someone of another race.

What has attributed to this rise in interracial courtship? Some say it has to do with the growing number of immigrants; Asians and Hispanics, the two groups most likely to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity, are also two immigrant groups that have grown the most in the U.S. Others say the Internet has contributed to this increase in interracial relationships,
since it allows people of different races to connect in a more private setting. Traffic on dating sites such as SwirlSociety.com, which helps Africa-American men and women find partners outside of their race, has increased dramatically.

So what do Fordham students think about this subject? Here are comments I received when I asked some students for their opinion: “I think when dating you should pick someone who you have the most in common with and who you can see yourself with, regardless of race;” “Multiple friends of mine have in the past or are currently dating people outside of their race;” “I
don’t think my family would be shocked if I dated someone of another race because of my personal and philosophical beliefs. However, I do think they would need time to accept the relationship, but once they got to know the person, they would accept him.” While the students I questioned agree that interracial dating is accepted at Fordham and in New York City, they feel
that it is not as well-received in more conservative parts of the country.

In an effort to offer Fordham students a safe and fun space to share their experiences and offer their opinions on interracial dating, Molimo will be hosting a discussion on the topic, today at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge. This discussion will deal with love, relationships, sex, and the importance of race in the dating world. Molimo hopes Fordham students walk away from this conversation with the realization that love and sexual attraction have very little to do with race,
and that they really depend on how we interact with one another as individuals. As always, all are welcome.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. February 22, 2011 at 8:10 am

    when will you update again your blog? can you do a post about ”inter racial dating”? thanks!

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