As people start expanding their knowledge of different cultures, they also expand their options in dating outside of their race.
Interracial dating is slowly starting to become more accepted as time passes, first from whites and blacks dating to having mixed children.
Ashley French, communications major, believes that it’s a beautiful way for different cultures to come together.
“Love is not just within just dating your own race or culture,” French said. “I feel we shouldn’t discriminate ourselves and say ‘Oh I want black love or Hispanic love.’ No: love is love.”
French admires interracial couples because she feels as though they express their love for each other without shame.
“Love is not defined as race but defined as quality of someone’s character,” she said.
Sophomore biology major Noah Baudoin said he is all for interracial dating, and it doesn’t bother him at all.
“I can’t wrap my head around how people bash interracial dating,” Baudoin said.
Being a caucasian man, he would want to understand someone else’s culture by just simply asking them questions to gain understanding.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if someone gets upset you either asked it wrong or they feel a certain way towards you,” Baudoin said. “I never had that issue though because everyone is always open to talk about their culture, and I think it’s a beautiful thing.”
To speak for myself, I wouldn’t think that someone outside of my race could handle my ways as a black woman. I’m strong-willed, independent and full of attitude. A white man or any other race probably couldn’t understand my needs as an African-American woman.
I do owe homage to my great-grandparents who were an interracial couple in the 1920s. During those times, even thinking about marrying someone of another race was out of the question. But they came, saw and conquered, and here I am almost 90 years later, and I will be forever thankful.
I love how the world is coming together slowly to accept the inside of our hearts instead of the outside of our skin. Love shouldn’t have a preference – love should be limitless.