You’d think in 2016, a person would be able to date someone he/she likes, regardless of race &/or ethnic background.

Unfortunately, for hip hop star/actor Romeo Miller, the criticism he received last year when he posted an Instagram photo of him and his then girlfriend (Toneata Morgan) caused a firestorm of controversy.

Romeo relives that time during an interview with Rolling Out, as he shared how the public flocked his Instagram with disturbing comments about why he should have been with a black woman.

Romeo tells Rolling Out:

At that time, the person I was dating, she was a different race … she’s White, I’m Black. At that time in my life, I wasn’t aware that was still a big deal,” he told rolling out. “There’s a lot more craziness going on in the world. A problem shouldn’t be whether I like somebody that’s Black, Chinese, Puerto Rican, or purple. If I love you, I love you for you”. He Says.

 

My thoughts:

Why are we still doing this in 2016?

This world already struggles enough with hatred and violence. When we have an opportunity to love, we should encourage and not be discouraging. Apparently, people who date/fall in love/marry someone outside of their race are “turning their backs” on their own race. When will we recognize the fact that love has no color?

If your personal preference is to date within your race, then that’s no problem. However, it becomes an issue when you knock the next person who doesn’t. An interracial couple is not here for you NOR do they have ANYTHING to do with your disapproval. Your disapproval has EVERYTHING to do with your ignorance.

The fact that interracial dating is still considered “disloyal” says a lot about the slow progress of acceptance with folks. It all stems from the assumptions, stereotypes and judgments from people who don’t believe or support interracial relationships for whatever reason.

Generally, people just aren’t comfortable with the idea of dating outside their race. Unique reasons come from personal experiences. Either way, it’s wrong to try to convince someone else that they’re wrong for dating outside their race, because of personal beliefs.

Again…this is 2016.

In the great land of U.S.A, you should be able to date whoever the hell you want without naysayers in your ears. I’m glad Romeo Miller stood up for himself and his relationship. Although, it’s reported that they’re no longer together. I applaud them both for standing together in what they believe in.

Lakia Nichole
Lakia Nichole's Blog is a platform to showcase love for my people, our culture, and all positive things in-between.