On a recent visit, I goy to look at the beautiful homes and fun "scene" in uptown but I didn't notice much cross-cultural interaction so I am curious if, in general, people hang out in racially mixed groups often?
I am also curious about interracial dating - do you see much of that in Dallas? Dallas also seems a little more reserved than I am used to.
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They would ask me about the “colored kids” at my job as a camp counselor and spoke the word “bi-racial” in hushed tones, as if it were something to be ashamed of.After deciding to enroll at Towson University, friends of mine joked about me going to “the hood” and the violence in the Baltimore area, but I was never worried.People didn't approach others for conversation, at the bar for example.It seemed more reserved than the Midwest where people will approach and begin conversation.Gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, black, white, Asian, it was there and it was beautiful. “I can’t believe you dumped me for a n*%$#@.” Telling your parents about your new boyfriend is hard enough when his skin is the same color as yours, but it becomes even more difficult when he is at the opposite end of the color spectrum as you.
All it took was one semester for me to breakup with my high school boyfriend and fall completely in love with a guy from my dorm. I called my mother up to tell her about my new boyfriend, and nervously came clean with the statement “I’m Seeing Someone New And He’s Black!
When my relationship eventually ended, the phrase “once you go black, you never go back” rang in my ears.
It put me in a box, limiting me in ways I didn’t realize until recently.
I was pushed out of my comfort zone and I learned more than I ever would have had I been with some someone who grew up just as I did.
He showed me new music, food, and gave me a new perspective to consider.
His family welcomed me with open arms and I am a better person because of it.