In this day and age I like to think that won’t be as big of an issue as it was in years past but every now and then I wonder.
I grew up in the South. In my ward none of the young men asked me out. Older women told me it was because they were intimidated. “You’re so beautiful,” they’d tell me. But deep down I knew the real reason why.
At stake dances I usually did all of the asking. I never thought much of it since I was the one with the outgoing personality, but looking back something was… Off.
I remember one guy named Doug. One of my best friends dated him on and off for a few months. He wore a confederate flag ring on one of his fingers. He also frequently wore T-shirts with confederate flags printed on them… As if he wanted to scream to the world he was a racist.
He liked me… As in I was his girlfriend’s best friend so he would put up with me, talk to me and occasionally dance with me probably just to make her happy. “Black people are ‘this or that,'” he’d say. “But you’re different.”
What do you mean I’m different? I don’t talk with an accent or wear saggy jeans? Hello, that’s called a stereotype not a formula for an entire race.
I had a crush on one guy in my high school for years. We were very close friends. I set him up with numerous dates with my other friends and we could tell each other anything. He wanted a girlfriend, I wanted to be his girlfriend. But one day after school he told me why that wasn’t possible. “Because you’re black,” he told me point blank.
This isn’t meant to be an “Oooh poor me” post because as I grew up through the years I interacted with and dated all types of men. I found “the one” for me, and he happens to be white.
My husband and I share the exact same beliefs as far as racial issues apparent today. He doesn’t pretend to understand what I’ve gone through but he knows it’s out there. Neither of us can stand racism and we’ve learned to stand together as a team and defend our relationship when necessary. We share the same religious beliefs, cultural beliefs and most importantly… Music taste.
The LDS church does have a dirty history when it comes to Blacks. I don’t understand all of it and I’m not going to go into all of it. All we know is that if we were able to get married in an LDS temple and receive those blessings than our relationship–Our marriage IS ok.
I think know some people in the LDS church teach that dating outside of your race is “not recommended.” No lie, it’s in the manual of the “LDS Marriage and Family Class.” (I think we should all ban together to get that taken out but that’s another story.) I know people who have been so upset about this they’ve doubted, even left the church. Obviously my husband and I didn’t care about that lesson because we’re married today. I however, do worry for my children. We won’t teach our children that “recommendation”. Not only would that be hypocritical, in my opinion that would be WRONG.
I know a lot of people who have adopted children out of their race… Adopted black children. (I can make that a whole new topic) but I’m curious to know your opinions on the matter, regardless of your child’s skin color. Would you care if your child dated outside of your race? Your religion?