I walked around the city carrying a poster filled with pictures of interracial couples. As I tried to stop people to talk, I got it all: eye rolls, quick refusals, laughs and whispers. Arab and Asian African American male and white woman were seen as more acceptable than a white male and a black woman.This is something I have experienced for years, as I have dated men from other races and have a 4-year-old son as a result. But the most controversial pair seemed to be the African American and white couples, according to participants’ comments.Since the 2000 census there has been a 15 percent surge in interracial dating, according to Wilfredo Cruz, associate professor in the humanities, history and social sciences department at Columbia College Chicago. “This is dangerous,” said Tabielle Matthews as she pointed to the African American and white couple’s pictures.
She said she believes it’s because she is in a large city and people are more cognizant of interracial dating.
But Kim does encounter hateful jokes from her boyfriend’s friends.
They say he has “yellow fever” and that Asians are his fetishes.
A score of one meant the group was seen by society as least acceptable, and a score of five meant the participant thought society gave the couple top marks for acceptability. Each picture had a number and their racial group labeled as follows: 1. Out of the nine couples, the Asian and white couple received all fours and fives, making them seen as the most acceptable by society.
“That’s because they both have good stereotypes that are behind them, “ Matthews said while looking at the Asian and white couple’s picture.
“When you see an Asian you assume they’re smart, so you should ask them to do your homework, or when you see a white person you automatically think money and power,” Matthews said.Christie Kim, a 23-year-old Korean woman who is dating a white man, doesn’t experience dirty looks from passersby.Interracial marriage has only been legal since 1967. The black man often uses the white woman for her power, or a white family will often consider the black male an exception if he has money or a promising future, he said.With this spike in the number of interracial couples, I wanted to know how far the country had advanced in its attitudes. “Whenever there’s an African American man with a white woman it’s because he isn’t capable of handling an African American woman,” Craig said.I went to train stations, sat outside buildings and carried my poster with me everywhere I went for three days trying to collect people’s thoughts and opinions on this issue. “The ghetto, loud and bad attitude stereotypes we have are the reason why the men are going out of their race.” Marshelll Fenty, a 22-year-old black man, said he gets second glances every time he walks down the street with his white girlfriend. “You can’t let it get to you if you’re together for the right reasons,” Fenty said.Over the course of three days, I surveyed 1,015 people who gave each couple a rating on a 5-point scale. He explained that he has dated interracially before, but this is his first time dating a white woman.