Thursday, November 3, 2011

Filling the Void: Interracial/Inter-Cultural Dating 101

by Lee Carson, MSW, LSW (and LifeLube pal)
I think that many of us who have dated interracially or inter-culturally can attest that often times there are things we may deal with in the context of our relationships that may not present themselves in relationships where both partners in the couple are of the same racial and/or cultural experience.

Some examples of things that may come up include: issues around your partners race from family and/or friends; dating someone of a different religious experience than your family’s belief (ex: someone of the Islamic faith dating a Christian); dating someone from a different country among other things. Cultural differences can be even as nuanced as one partner coming from a smaller more reserved family and the other from a larger family where they are more boisterous and socially aggressive. The possibilities of the varying cultural differences that could present themselves are endless.
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1 comment:

  1. Terrific article! Wonderful insights into a topic which is fraught with potholes.

    As a non-black man who dates primarily black men, I recently was interviewed by Black Gay Men's Blog on interracial dating. Though I understand the skepticism, the resentment and the outright mistrust present within the black community toward non-blacks who choose to date outside their race, I was nonetheless taken aback at some of the vitriol in the comments section following the interview.

    Which is why the work you are doing in this arena is so very important, Mr. Carson. Great god luck!


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