With the epic, and unapololgetically Black, wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (she identifies as biracial, but after yesterday's wedding she clearly isn't removed from Blackness or in the sunken place), a debate about interracial relationships got heated on Twitter. Are Black women praised for marrying white men while Black men are criticized? Are people ignoring the prejudice Black women experience in an interracial relationship?
Interracial relationships has always been a hot topic. From Black male celebrities appearing to marry a white woman when they become rich and famous to how Black women are sometimes exoticized by white men. In reality, an overwhelming majority of Black folks marry Black. According to BlackDemographics.com, "the vast majority of Black men (86%) are married to Black women, an even larger percent (94%) of Black women are married to Black men." Nonetheless, it is hard to ignore interracial couples are in the news, especially Black women marrying white men, from Meghan to Serena Williams.
On Twitter, some Black men appear to be believe there is a double standard. Meghan is not getting backlash for marrying a white man, but Black men are "bashed" for dating outside of their race. See below:
Meanwhile, Black women are as unapologetic about celebrating Meghan and Harry’s swirly love as the new Duchess was about bringing her heritage to Windsor. In addition, many are quick to point out it is no cakewalk for Black women in interracial relationships.
Wherever you find love, good for you. No one should tell you who you can or cannot be with. Let's just hope anyone who dates outside of their race does it out sincerity, not out of self-hate or fetishizing.
Huge congrats to the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!