Interracial dating culture clash


12-Feb-2015 12:03

It seems that even today, the realm of love and relationships is not exempt from the political.

In this post, gives us a very intimate and personal insight into the experiences and, sometimes the politics of, interracial dating ‘then’ and ‘now’. She grew up in the serene white middle-class surroundings of Richmond, attended the local Catholic school and had been married once before, with three kids.

She left her life behind her in Richmond and moved to Nigeria for thirteen years.

My nana told me that she used to look at her hand linked in his, and thought it was the most beautiful thing that she had ever seen. Before I set to writing this, I spoke to my nana about her experiences.

1960s Britain was an incredibly tough place for a mixed race couple, but in Nigeria things were just as uncomfortable.

He moved to England for the British military and was a lodger in my nana’s house.

After having my dad in 1963, a half-Nigerian and half-English son, her world changed unalterably.

One of the big questions society must answer right now is whether or not we live in a post-racial society.

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She recounted how she was spat at on buses on the streets of Richmond, how family members and friends cut themselves out of hers and my grandfather’s lives.

Others awkwardly avoided the ‘race issue’ completely, preferring instead to make indirect comments.