Of course, Black folks’ petition to take up space extends to the police who take oaths to serve and protect us, and the political leaders who are responsible for enacting legislation that will hold those who oppress and abuse us responsible, but our demands must also extend to those who claim to love us.
This notion of loving Black people radically is not a new concept, and loving Black people radically means more than just sexing us, partnering with us, or even creating family structures with us.
I'm down with the swirl too.' From black guys: 'Why are you going out with that white boy?
Or, depending on your race, a white girl, Asian girl, Latina girl…
Black people are standing up and demanding to be seen, and to matter, in ways I have read about in history books, but have never experienced in my lifetime.
Whether we are talking about #themovementforblacklives or #sayhername, as a community we are requiring that our full humanity not only be recognized, but that safe spaces be created for the expression of that full humanity—whether good, bad, or ugly.
My husband was about to leave for the store and he gave me a kiss and said he loved me, and after he left, my sister said, 'Dang ... ' My response to her was, 'Jerks come in all colors - I just have a great husband!
Long after this ruling, interracial couples were still harassed and discriminated against.
And, yes, it still happens to interracial couples today.
Should you choose to engage with a person who is not or has not been exposed to your culture, encourage them to be inquisitive. People have their own reasons for why they believe people should only date within their race and sadly, we will never live in a world where people understand that you love who you love.
To be in an interracial relationship is to understand that your relationship will be tested or shunned.