Having lived in the South where interracial dating is still taboo, LA is in direct opposite.
I have had the pleasure of dating women of various ethnicities.
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And in my life, these women have come in various tones and shades.
However, like with anything, there is a less appealing side to what talk show host and radio personality, Wendy Williams, calls “the swirl”.
On three occasions, I’ve dated women of European descent — most recently, German. Though we had our disagreements and ultimately a failure to sustain what we had, we ended things on honest terms. She always seemed apprehensive to introduce me to her friends with the exception of her roommate.
authors Christelyn Karazin and Janice Littlejohn create a handbook to navigate the "potentially disastrous terrain" of interracial relationships.
“The lamentable truth is that at least two million of us are in jeopardy of never experiencing that kind of love, especially within our own race.
The shortage of black men is real – and black women are fighting like alley cats for the half a handful of eligible and marriageable brothers,” writes Karazin.
From issues of perception, societal pressures and common myths, the book goes into it all.
Littlejohn says, "Who we find attractive has a lot to do with whom we are exposed to, and if you haven’t been around people of other races and cultures, either in school or in your communities, it’s a little harder to know what it is you find appealing about someone who doesn’t look like you.” "Swirling" will hit bookstores on May 15th, but we're left to wonder if this book will ultimately prove harmful or helpful for Black women navigating the dating terrain.
It’s well-known that Los Angeles touts itself as a cultural melting pot — a liberal Mecca with a thriving culture of art, music and film.