The Molly-Andrew relationship is part of a larger cultural trend in which black women, especially those of medium-to-dark-brown complexions — long positioned at the bottom of the aesthetic and social hierarchy in the United States because of racist standards — are increasingly appearing as leading ladies and romantic ideals in interracial relationships onscreen. In many ways, these romances push back against racial bias in the real world. In , the online dating site OkCupid updated a study that found that of all the groups on its site, African-American women were considered less desirable than, and received significantly fewer matches than, women of other races. These works grapple with race in very different ways. While their union, in part, reflected the landmark ruling Loving v.
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I'm Not Dating a Racial Slur
Once upon a time, Barack Obama dated a white girl. When details of this story came out last week , some outlets reported it with the thinly veiled implication that Obama, so beloved for having married an exceptional black woman like Michelle Obama , had some kind of dirty secret. That Obama, the first black president of the United States, allegedly felt that a non-black partner would be a liability to his political career says a lot about the way we view black leaders, activists, public figures and those whom they choose to date. But does dating a white person really make someone less black?
We have all hear the statistics that say black women are the least desirable on dating apps. Tinder has said that Black women get swiped left the most, OkCupid has reported that Black women get fewer responses than other women — even from Black men. Is online dating against Black women? However, what dating apps do is illuminate our innate social response to race. When you are making swipe decisions in mere seconds you are responding based on an initial impression and your choice is loaded with hundreds of years of history and biological conditioning.
Writing at xoJane , Nia Renee Hill says she doesn't want to answer, "Is what they say about black men true? Please don't go there. Also, I am not some census-taking [d—k] measurer, OK?