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Commentary: Teens more accepting of interracial relationships

Hot Ink Columnist Sequoyah Moore analyzes the state of interracial relationships.
BY SEQUOYAH MOORE Edmond Santa Fe High School Published: May 1, 2011

Love does not see color; it does not judge, discourage or hate based on the shade of your skin, your father's skin or the skin of the fathers who built the foundations of your culture.

Love should not be confined to the parameters of skin color.

About 1 in 7 of married people in the United States in 2008 married a spouse of a different race or ethnicity than themselves, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

There are many other components to a relationship that are more important than race. Take my relationship for instance. My boyfriend and I have similar tastes in music, a deep love for muscle cars and a natural affinity for food. We seem compatible right?

What if I tell you he is white and I am black?

Does that change your opinion? It shouldn't.

Being an interracial couple does not make us the X-Men of the dating world. We are not mutants. We feel and experience the world the same as other couples. We go about our daily business like any other black or white couple, while paying no attention to the fact that our skin colors do not match. If your opinion of my boyfriend or I changed negatively after finding out that we are an interracial couple, than you're one of the people who make our relationship difficult.

About 39 percent of whites, 37 percent of Hispanics and 28 percent of blacks are not accepting of interracial relationships or marriages, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Fueled by their disgust toward races that intermingle, the individuals of this select population make interracial couples like us feel flawed, inadequate or inferior.

My boyfriend and I have experienced such feelings. Waves of humiliation washed over us at a restaurant as we sat awkwardly like elephants in a room full of mice, attempting to ignore the judgmental stares and glances of the people around us.

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