Plenty of fish interracial dating
This truncated understanding of difference is especially ripe for examination in what we are told is an alarmingly polarized America, where questions of difference pervade the roiling debate over free speech on college campuses, the post-election spike in hate crimes, and even how to confront terrorism.I was reminded of the ill-fitting birds and fish metaphor when reading Sheryll Cashin’s op-ed “How Interracial Love is Saving America” (an adaptation from a forthcoming book), in which she argues that so-called interracial marriages and their rise can mend the country’s racial divide. Isn’t the concept of “race mixing” itself a tool of white supremacy?
Celebrating Black Women and the diverse men who love us!In my professor’s formulation, the different categories that the two parties belong to guarantees their incompatibility; there’s a natural disharmony.If we assume that my professor doesn’t actually suppose that ichthyoids reach a point where they want to pick out curtains, it’s not hard to imagine that all the categories of human difference—race, class, religious affiliation, ability, etc.—are the assumed stand-ins for birds and fish.The widely discredited notion that physical differences between skin, hair, and bone portend immutable differences in ability, character, and judgment is one of racism’s most resilient fictions, and framing a romance as “interracial” does more to reinscribe this fiction than to challenge it.Interracial lovers are no remedy to racial strife, particularly if they enter such relationships with overblown perceptions of the boundaries they’re transgressing.
Just as easy as having the box where it asks you preference for smoking or no smoking, it would help to have a box asking you if you are willing to date other than your race.