Why Interracial Dating Is Better

Interracial dating is better. It rocks and you can’t convince me otherwise. I don’t want to give the vibe that I’ve dated every race there is because I haven’t, but from my experience, my friends’ experiences, and other interracial couples I’ve met, it’s beautiful.

The world is becoming a smaller place, mostly due to technology. As a person who’s done a lot of traveling, has been exposed to many cultures, and has a friend of almost every single race, I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it is to intermingle. I love to learn about different cultures and languages, continuously. In my opinion it keeps things interesting and never gets boring.

I’m an Indian American with an incredibly diverse friend group. However, I’ve met other people who are friends with people who are just like them. They’ve hung out with the same group of people since kindergarten and seem to stick to their kind. I don’t understand why they don’t branch out and get out of their comfort zone. I don’t mean it in a disrespectful way. It’s great to be friends with people who are similar to you and feel comfortable, but in my opinion you’re limiting yourself. I found this quote on Tumblr:

“Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.”

It resonated with me greatly. I haven’t tried to limit myself. In fact, any time I meet someone with a different accent, background, or place, I can’t help but learn more about them and their culture. In terms of dating, interracial is the best. Dating someone of the same race as you isn’t wrong but dating someone of a different race opens up a whole new world.

I understand that sometimes families and people for religious and/or cultural reasons are not too comfortable with this, but with a world becoming such a small place I don’t see the point of it being such a huge problem. You’ll be exposed to a new way of thinking and you’ll incorporate diversity daily in your lives and teach others about different cultures as well.

Not too long ago, it was illegal for African Americans to marry someone of another race. I’m so glad that that law was retracted. The U.S. has come a long way. I fear, though regardless of the laws, many families would rather have their loved ones keep it within the culture. I’m here to tell you, it’s okay if you’re loved one wants to marry someone from another race. A marriage should be between two people who love and respect each other. Their race or culture shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Marriage is all about compromise anyway. Love should be unconditional.

People argue that when interracial couples have kids that they’ll grow to be confused about their religion or whatever. Guess what, when they grow up let the kids decide. Let the kids think for themselves.

Most interracial relationships don’t work out because the families aren’t supportive. Families, you need to learn to be supportive! Put tradition aside; make new ones. Change is inevitable. It’s not the end of the world. Let people do what makes them happy. It’s their lives, not yours. We don’t live in a perfect world. I’m a huge believer in respect and tolerance. With both, any relationship can be happy.

There are so many interracial couples in Hollywood that have proven race doesn’t matter: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendez, John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen, Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez…the list goes on.

With my diverse friend group and dating a few people of a different race other than mine, I’ve learned so much about myself. I’m really good at Bachata dancing; in fact, I love it and all types of Latin dancing. I’m obsessed with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Peruvian food, and Pad Thai. I adore French music and cabaret. I also gained an appreciation for opera and ballet and learned that Russia is famous for its ballet and classical music.

If you were to marry or date someone of a different race, I think it would be beautiful and fun. I also believe your families would have a richer experience with one another. Imagine you’re Chinese and you married an Indian. Instead of the cultures clashing, they could mix well, find compromise, and make for some crazy family get-togethers. I’m sure you’ll get to vacation in some pretty cool places, too.

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