Once upon a time, Barack Obama dated a white girl. When details of this story came out last week , some outlets reported it with the thinly veiled implication that Obama, so beloved for having married an exceptional black woman like Michelle Obama , had some kind of dirty secret. That Obama, the first black president of the United States, allegedly felt that a non-black partner would be a liability to his political career says a lot about the way we view black leaders, activists, public figures and those whom they choose to date. But does dating a white person really make someone less black? Less down? Less woke?
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But let's take it a step further. What about the 'other' little girl? The 'pure' for want of another word black little girl who grew up hearing the same comments you heard about how lighter skin was better? That was me. I am not a racist, but I tell my son that if he chooses a black mate, he is reinforcing to another black little girl that black is beautiful. But I believe I can promote black dating for my son as long as he is aware that people of another color are not inferior. So the question is this: Can I, as a black mother, encourage my son to date only black women and let him know that is my expectation?
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We are a white family. Me and my wife raised our son to not see colour because racism is bad. We are pleased that he isn't a racist and we are fine with his girlfriend. I just wondered, could the non-racial upbringing we gave our son have encouraged him feeling attracted to a black girl?