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.
In (2001), Rebecca Walker, daughter of African American novelist Alice Walker and Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, described the ethos that impelled her activist parents to marry.“When they meet…my parents are idealists, they are social activists…they believe in the power of organized people working for change,” Walker wrote.She tells Señora Moreno that forbidding her to marry him is useless. While it’s certainly not wise to allow narrow-minded family members to dictate your love life, ask yourself if you’re willing to be disowned, disinherited or otherwise mistreated to pursue an interracial relationship.“The whole world cannot keep me from marrying Alessandro. If not, it’s best to find a mate of whom your family approves.On the flip side, African American men who so much as looked at a white women could be killed, and brutally so.
(1981), a historical novel based on her family’s real-life experiences.Even someone who dates interracially today runs the risk of incurring the disapproval of friends and family.