Book about interracial dating
(I don’t think I know any of those couples, but hey, they’re probably out there.) I wanted race to be present in Rose and Caleb’s relationship—to be the catalyst for and the subject of some complicated, sometimes uncomfortable conversations between them.
I wanted their racial identities to be what they are for most of us: pieces of who they are that do indeed affect their experiences of the world.
At the same time, I didn’t want to write a book where race comes up.
Mixed relationships come in all stripes, just like non-mixed relationships, and I’m sure there are some mixed couples who never mention race or talk about their differences.
Over the years, I’ve dated white guys, black guys, Asian guys, mixed guys—okay, let’s not delve too much into my dating history, but long story short: in the cities where I’ve lived (New York, London, Boston), dating across racial lines is nothing unusual.
But I didn’t want race to be the central of the story. It’s been my truth, certainly—and a truth I don’t see reflected often enough on the page.
The publisher is offering a finished book giveaway to one of our readers (US only please).
This chapter is therefore intended to provide a review of the literature on the legal and social history of intermarriage in the United States by focusing on research in the areas of cultural anthropology, law and policy, psychology, sociology, and social work.
Research that involves couples outside the United States has been excluded, as have biographical, fictional, and sensationalized accounts of interracial relationships.