Tuesday, March 19, 2013

“Unconventional” Interracial Relationships on the Rise


A study shows that there is a huge imbalance in the world of interracial relationships. In fact the scale is so heavily weighed on one end that it needed to be discussed here. According to a recent survey 75% of interracial relationships are represented by an Asian female, white male couple. Literally three out of every four mixed race couples are that combination. That is a shocking statistic to me. If you were to tell me that was the most common I would gladly accept that, but saying that the ratio is that extreme mainly is hard to swallow because that just means that all of the other kinds of interracial relationships are still not as well accepted as I had thought. I had reached a point in my life where I saw interracial relationships as flourishing all around me, in the media, in my life, in the public. I had no idea that this was still the case among mixes of other races.

I've written for months now on interracial dating and this statistic just blew my mind. It opened my eyes to the ignorance that I was involved in with interracial dating and relationships. It is easy to get tunnel vision and get caught up in your own life when talking about a topic like this, and I must admit I was. Being in two back to back interracial relationships made me simply think they weren't as big of a deal, not as rare, and not something so hard to talk about. I must apologize for this attitude that I was giving off. I was completely unaware of it until now.

I think this encapsulates a more serious issue that divides the people in the world. If you are involved in an interracial relationship, like I am, then you see the world through rose colored glasses and find it hard to believe that you are such a minority. However, if you are not involved in one, but want to be you may see how the world is so far from complete racial blindness and lose faith. Don't lose faith. There are so many people out there looking for love. So many people who are lonely and looking for someone else, anyone else of any race.

These days the internet is a venue for which to reach people in your town to your planet. It is literally the world at your fingertips. Your life is and always will be what you make of it. If you want an interracial relationship then you can have one. The only reason such a statistic threw me off of my guard was because I was so conditioned to being in a relationship that I guess was unconventional. I also see them all the time in the media. This is not only a good thing, but a great thing and seeing how the world is evolving to this attitude is great. I know that in the years to come that statistic will be skewed to represent all colors mixing together and eventually there will be no such thing as a conventional interracial relationship.

By Mark

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