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I was in a new city and in a completely new situation.
I expected things to be similar to the way they were in high school.
I went to a predominantly white high school where I was one of maybe five black kids.
I had dated a few guys before, all assholes, and I didn’t think many people would show interest in me.
I looked down at my fingertips, stained deep mocha from my foundation, and felt self-conscious.
Black women have told me it's because I'm a sellout.
The white men who can get past the mental anguish of my black penis tarnishing "their" women think I'm making some latent admission that their race has the most attractive women... I'm not a "black man" who "dates white women." I'm a person.
I couldn't stop repeating the first part of the Clutch headline over and over again in my head. She wrote in a Huffington Post blog late last year: It is the same sharp tug of disappointment that gets me every time I see a black man with a white woman on his arm.