In all reality, mixed race is an entirely American story, but we still see it as a mission impossible.Every interracial couple in the history of interracial couples knows this scenario: At a party, they strike up a conversation with another guest. Just curiosity, because a boring story (“mutual friends” or “same dorm”) is not enough.Introductions made, commonalities identified, drinks refilled. It’s just a matter of time before the inevitable question: “How did you two meet? Surely, there must be adversity in the tale of an interracial couple.It’s quite different from asking a married white couple about their meet cute. Half of Interracial Dating.com's list of the top 20 states where singles are looking for interracial love.In a newly released survey by the online dating service, which specializes in connecting people who choose "character above color," according to a release, ten of the site's top 20 states with the most populous members have historically voted Republican over the past five presidential elections.Since her death in 1617, she’s been the inspiration for hundreds of paintings, poems, and plays, not to mention movies and marketing campaigns.
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Unless one person is much older, richer or better looking than the other, there is no hidden meaning. But when the people are different races, the subtext is, “it’s so fascinating that you are together.” People want to know because it seems improbable. Sure, this cloud of questions could be entirely exploratory and innocuous, but it underscores the point that people believe mixed race to be an anomaly rather than a norm. Once someone has jungle fever, they’re never going back.
The deep assumptions of racial difference add a layer of unspoken complex questions: Do your parents approve? Mixed relationships are sexualized, where everything mundane and normal is forgotten in the wake of the erotic. Of course, race mixing is an abomination (at least in public) to the usual suspects: nostalgic Dixiecrats, Internet trolls and extras from “Deliverance.” It’s a long, grossly unyielding battle.
Kevin Noble Maillard is a law professor at Syracuse University and the co-editor of "Loving v.
Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex and Marriage." He is on Twitter.