Interracial Couples are Inspiring

Today, I wanted to talk about something that doesn't get enough attention in mainstream media or film, but is very much a reality for millions of people all over the world.

Let's talk about Interracial Couples. 

According to Pew Research, 12% of newlyweds in the U.S. married someone of a different race in 2013. Also according to Pew Research done in 2015, about 7% of the U.S. population is multiracial. 

I'm sure those numbers have gone up in the last two years, but with numbers like that, why do we still see so few representations of interracial couples and multiracial families in movies and television?

Most Rom-Coms feature both a white male and female lead, or a black male and female lead. Rarely ever do you see leads of different races, unless the male lead is Will Smith. Seriously. When was the last time you went to see a romantic comedy with a male lead who was white, and a female lead who was black? Or Asian? Or Hispanic? 

Obviously, my husband and I are in an interracial relationship. Our son is biracial. And while companies like Target and Ikea are quick to include multiracial people in their TV ads, movies and TV shows are slow to this kind of progress.

That's why I appreciate music artists, such as Adele and Ed Sheeran for diversifying their music videos. 

Has Adele ever dated a black man in real life? The world may never actually know. But the male lead in this music video is black, and while many people may not think much about it, I appreciate it. I like when artists use subtle ways of showing that people of color are worthy of love, too. People of color are beautiful. People of color are funny. We are intelligent, talented, good cooks, good parents. We have relationships too, and not just with other people of color. 

I especially love Ed Sheeran's music video because it features a woman of color. If you ever see black and white interracial relationships represented in film and television, it's usually between a black man and a white woman. Now, it is true that black men are more likely to date and marry outside of their race than black women are, but there are still black women who do. Rarely ever do you see a black woman as the love interest in film. If you do, it's always some kind of forbidden love type of vibe, which pretty lame, if you ask me. 

The main reason for this is because white women are still considered to be the standard of beauty. Don't get me wrong, I know many beautiful white women, and am now related to some by marriage. White women are beautiful, but they should not be the standard that every other race of women is measured against. 

The fact of the matter is, the percentages of interracial relationships and multiracial families are steadily growing, because race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to dating. Everyone has physical qualities they prefer, but to exclude an entire race of people based solely on their skin is so ridiculous to me.

I would like to see my relationship represented in mainstream film and television. I would like for my children to grow up knowing that multiracial families are just as "normal" as any other color of family. 

It all starts with the viewer. Production companies are not going to make films that they don't believe will sell, and they don't believe movies featuring couples of different races will sell, especially if there isn't a big name like Will Smith involved. White viewers usually aren't lining up to see movies (or TV shows) without a predominantly white cast. Why is that?  

Tell me, what are your thoughts? Have you ever dated outside of your race? What do you think about it's place in mainstream media? Let's discuss!

LesLeigh J.