I understand the overarching point of much of this criticism: Portrayal of black or brown characters in popular culture is often terrible.
People of color are not seen as desirable, funny, or smart.
My mother has been married to a white man, then a Ghanaian man, very dark-skinned, now a Jamaican man, of medium-skin. That can’t work.”I’ve been forced to ask myself the same question.
Each time she marries, is she in a different status with her own blackness? Does my partner’s whiteness have any effect on my blackness?
”“Yes, we would,” Adichie responds without hesitation, to a chorus of approving laughter. “When I think of my own family: I’m married to a white man and my brother is married to a white woman.
My little brother has a black girlfriend, dark-skinned.
The criticism—direct and implied—that I’ve felt most keenly comes from a less expected demographic: woke millennials of color.
It doesn’t make my family immune to structural racism and state violence.Should someone’s dedication to fighting oppression be defined by the race of their partner?Does dating a white person make you any less black? But it’s a complicated issue, one that British author Zadie Smith (author of ).It wouldn’t have surprised me if they balked: Families forbidding dating outside the clan is a story much older than .But as it turned out, both our families have welcomed and supported our relationship.