Was there something disgusting on my face? Did my boyfriend have an unpleasant smell lingering around him? No. The people around us — mostly white — were staring simply because he was a young white guy who was out on a date with a young black girl.
No individual should have to endure a situation as painful or uncomfortable as that. People like that make me want to stay in the comfort of my home when I have the choice of perusing a local hot spot or mall. People like that make me want to use the drive-thru instead of walking in to order food. People like that make me wonder how my future children might be treated if they were half black and half white.
For me, dating outside of my race is not some teenage form of anarchy or disregard of authority. It is a part of who I am, how I feel and how I choose to express myself.
The good news is that some people my age feel the same way.
Nearly 1 in 4 teenagers believe interracial dating is “no big deal,” according to a Gallup Daily News poll. Teenagers plunging into the dating pool do so to test the waters, figure out their likes and dislikes and see what personality types mesh with theirs. They don't do so to be judged about whom they decide to like, love or have relations with.
Treat others as you would want to be treated. If more people lived by the Golden Rule, interracial couples in Oklahoma and around the globe will have the courage to cast off their inhibitions and let their true colors shine.