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Teen Attitudes on Interracial Dating

A survey by Teen Editorial Board Member, Keshia Hall

August 1999

To explore teen attitudes about interracial dating, The InSite's Editorial Board member, Keshia Hall spoke with ten teens (between the ages of 13-19). They were of both genders, and many different ethnic, national backgrounds. Read the questions Keshia asked and the attitudes that were expressed. Then think about where you stand on the issues and let us know!

The InSite: What are teens thoughts on interracial dating? What do they think about it for others? For themselves? Do their attitudes differ from their parents'? From their friends'?

Janna, 14, African-American female:

I think it's a really good experience, because you get to learn about other cultures. My mother won't let me date until college, because she says, "Oh there will be lots of black guys there!" There aren't very many in this little town, and she doesn't want me to date outside of my race. Especially not Trinidadians, because our ancestors have a "history" with them. That sounds pretty stupid to me. I mean, so what if our ancestors didn't get along? What does that have to do with me?

Maria, 15, White female:

It doesn't matter as long as you love the person. My mother thinks it's wrong. A black guy once liked me and she got really mad. I know she would discourage me from it. That kind of thinking doesn't appeal to me. The way I see it, God put everyone on this Earth. If you love someone, then you love them. Love has no bounds.

 If you love someone, then you love them. Love has no bounds.

Jamie, age 14, Native American female:

I think it doesn't matter what race you are, it's what's inside the person that you're attracted to. Say I was to date a Pakistani, it wouldn't matter 'cause everybody is human (I hope) and so it doesn't matter what race, color or culture you are. My family and friends feel the same way.

Ally, 13, White English Female:

I really don't think about it at all. If no one could date people from a different race, it would be the same thing as if a blond and a brunette couldn't date.

Charity, 18, African-American female:

I have different friends with different opinions, but my opinion is the same as my parents'. We think that there are certain problems that go along with interracial relationships, but to not marry the one you love because it's going to be difficult, is stupid. It's just like marrying someone rich whom you don't love, instead of marrying someone poor whom you do love, because it's easier.

... but my opinion is the same as my parents'. We think there are certain problems that go along with interracial relationships.

Chris, 17, African-American male

I have no problem with it, for myself or for others. Most of my friends feel the same way, which I think is pretty cool. My parents, on the other hand, are a different story. They'll be really polite if I bring over someone from another race who I am dating, but as soon as it starts to get serious, they find a million things that are wrong with them, "tactfully" overlooking their race. It's maddening!

Alex, 16, Spanish male:

I myself wouldn't do it, but I don't find anything wrong with it if other people do. It's just that there are so many problems that go along with it. I'd just rather avoid those problems. Nothing against other races, or anything .

Jordan, age 15 White male

I used to think that it would be easier to just stay away from girls of other races, but then something happened. I met my girlfriend. She's Hispanic, and we started hanging out together when we got partnered up for an art project. Being with each other felt so good, that we decided to keep it up after the project was done. I never even think about her race anymore.

Ben, 19, Asian-American male

I don't think it should be done. I think if two people are meant for each other, then they'll be the same race. If they're different races, then they obviously aren't supposed to be together. It's common sense.

... if two people are meant for each other, then they'll be the same race.

Annie, 16, Jamaican female

I prefer dating people of my own race, but it doesn't bother me if other people do. I'm not prejudiced, I just don't feel comfortable dating people outside my race.

 

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