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Interracial Dating

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Interracial Dating

A unique challenge in interracial dating is not how the two people of different ethnicities feel about each other, but how others react to the couple. In any new dating relationship, each person must deal with the reactions of friends and family. Clearly, introducing a new boyfriend or girlfriend of a different race or ethnicity introduces another dimension.

Talk openly and honestly with each other from the beginning about what you may be facing as a couple in terms of friends' and families' reactions. There is no easy solution to prepare for prejudices. However, an honest and mutually supportive dialogue can help a couple feel they are working together as a team to deal with these challenges. This also lays groundwork to assist the couple in facing similar challenges again and again in our race-conscious society.



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