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Bob Jones University in South Carolina only dropped its ban on interracial dating in 2000; a year later 40 percent of voters objected when Alabama became the last state to remove a ban on interracial marriages from its constitution. One of the hardest struggles for interracial couples is the fact that the topic itself is still one of the most debated "taboos" in our country -- a country that, at its heart, is still very nervous about the idea of races, cultures, and classes mixing.
(Consider ongoing immigration debates, an imbalanced criminal justice system, and the fact that we can't stop obsessing about the degree of blackness of our mixed-race presidential candidate.)It also doesn't help that happy, healthy interracial couples are still a novelty in Hollywood.
Interestingly, teen networks like The N and ABC Family are quite progressive in showing boys and girls of all different colors holding hands and developing crushes.
The N's Degrassi: The Next Generation pushed lines further with kissing, sex and pregnancy, and has continued to with couples on Instant Star and The Best Years; ABC Family's Lincoln Heights focuses on a black family with a teen daughter who's dating a white boy. The best interracial couple we've seen in years was Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington on Grey's Anatomy.
Denzel Washington can mack on Eva Mendez in Training Day, but in both The Pelican Brief and The Bone Collector, the hottest black actor in Hollywood didn't have a chance in hell at getting hot and heavy with co-stars Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie.
What a shame."There are no complex sociological reasons for the taboo still attached to interracial romance in movies.
"Perhaps these attitudes are sometimes connected to an executive's fear that audiences will be turned off by the sight of black and white together, but a decision that bows to racism must bear the mark of racism itself."If liberal Hollywood can't embrace the image of interracial love, what are the odds the Deep South will?Our families love us and our friends are accepting.Of course it helps that we live in Los Angeles, a big city that's had a longer time to get used to multiculturalism and interracial couples than most.S., however, anti-miscegenation laws surfaced in various states that barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them.