More black women dating outside race

Iya's Facts: Iya Bakare, GMO’s Associate Editor, earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in print journalism.

It’s time to have an honest, open discussion about interracial relationships.

It kind of throws a damper on the inclination to explore interracial dating if you know your parents said they would disown you if you ever brought home a white boy. I’m seeing more and more Black women finding their bliss with the men who love and accept them, regardless of race. If you’re lonely and sad, but your entire peer group (including family) approves of the idea of never dating a non-Black man even if he was utterly kick-ass amazing, can you really say those people in your life want the best for you?

When I started dating my husband back in 1999, there was absolutely no place, discussion or support for Black women who were dating and/or married interracially. We share a biological and historical bond like no other. Arie’s “Brown Skin” and Angie Stone’s “Brotha” are just a few poetic examples of the adoration, admiration and loyalty sistas have for the brothas.So I decided to talk to interracial relationship expert, Christelyn Karazin, Brand Ambassador for Interracial Dating Central.com, who gave her thoughts on the subject and why she is an interracial dating advocate particularly for Black women.Unlike other dating experts, hers is a success story. Here’s what she had to say: Candice: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you’ve become an advocate for interracial couples?No, I don’t mean gabbing about the latest drama between Olivia and Fitz.I mean actual, real-life interracial relationships. Despite its higher representation on TV and in pop culture, this is still a taboo subject, and one that is often met with a range of emotions that are not always positive.Christelyn: Black women have a unique set of challenges in the dating market.If she wants to be married, have children, etc., the numbers just aren’t in her favor to remain exclusive to Black men.I feel like this approach could be a bit problematic (because I don’t believe race determines the quality of man).But how would you respond to women who feel this way?

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