Interracial relationships have taken place in America since colonial times, but couples in such romances continue to face problems and challenges. When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.
You both should come together to face these troubling issues together and lean on each other for support.
Perhaps people are staring because they consider you a particularly attractive couple.
Perhaps people are staring because they applaud you for being in a mixed relationship or belong to a mixed couple themselves.
Progressing from infatuation to dating to relationship to marriage is a challenge for any couple, but interracial couples have a unique predicament.
Besides the stereotype that dating outside your race is an experiment or, worse, a fetish, you have to deal with questions, concerns, and straight-up disapproval from friends and family. There's a moving, first-person account in today's Guardian about a British-Pakistani man who married a white, Christian woman despite his family's insistence he marry Muslim.
For your own mental health, assume that most people have good intentions.
If you notice eyes on you and your significant other as you walk down the street, don’t automatically assume it’s because the passersby disapprove of your interracial union.
However, we are dealing with reality and reality is that others may harbor negativity about you two.
You might also run into conflict between you two when asserting your values that are based in your own racial or cultural identity.
Be prepared to deal with the many challenges that may arise throughout the course of your relationship.
As time goes on, society will become more accustomed to the mixing of races.