Mulattea is a blog written by Skye Haynes. Her posts explore mixed identity, feminism, race, religion, and privilege.

Views from the 301- Stories of Interracial Couples

Views from the 301- Stories of Interracial Couples

We've reached the end of a three (but really four) week series on interracial relationships. First, I told you all about the danger of stereotyping in interracial relationships, and then I reinforced that by discussing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Danger of a Single Story. This week, to go over that idea of telling and learning stories, I interviewed a few of my friends who are in interracial relationships. I'm considering making this a reoccuring post, seeing as you can never have too many stories (and it's loads of fun interviewing people). Like I said in the previous post, each one is different and each one combats stereotyping, so on that note: enjoy. 

I asked her [to marry me] twice. The first time we were watching a movie and right as it ended I said, y’know, I think we should get married, she flat out told me no! She thought I was playing. The second time we were in the car driving to my parents house. I said, ‘You should marry me, and I’m real serious this time.’ She just said, ‘Oh! Okay.’
There was this one time I had to go home early, and I kissed him. Context: We hate (more so me than we) being called cute. So our friend’s girlfriend at the time said ‘Aww, they’re so cute,’ and we both immediately stopped, turned toward her and gave her evil glares. She turned into our friend for protection and he was like ‘Yeah, don’t do that, sweetie.’
We were the first interracial married couple at our church. We were wondering, like, how’s this going to go? This was in 1981. When the wedding came, we expected 150 people and planned accordingly, but amazingly 300 people came. Church family and friends. It was such a blessing to have their support.

"He said, 'Do you think you could see yourself living in Jamaica?' and I said, 'Sure, I mean we could go now, but it would probably be better if we retired first.' He looked at me and said, 'I guess we should get married then.'"

I think our happiest moment was when we went to Jamaica. You used to talk about it and say, ‘What if you came to Jamaica and met my family? That’d be wild.’ and I did. And it was.

This round of stories was very brief because, believe it or not, I don't know that many interracial couples! I'm hoping I get to meet more couples in the future, so I can share their stories with you guys. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this post, and their speedy interviews. If you or someone you know is in an interracial relationship and wouldn't mind being interviewed, you can contact me through Mulattea's Facebook page (go like us!) or any of the contacts in the side bar.

Here's my most recent work with College Magazine:

CM's Guide to Wake Forest University

17 Poses for Summer Photos That Won't Make You Cringe

CM's Master Guide to Packing for College

Take a Class or Sit on Your Ass- Two Ways to Spend Your Summer

 

 

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