Controversies shine spotlight on interracial romances

In this day and age, a lot of people don’t really think of racism as being that big of an issue as it used to be, especially during times when we are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments.
It is obvious that schools and businesses are becoming more diverse and minority races can be found in many more positions of authority and leadership all across the country. But one huge issue that still seems to make many people uncomfortable is the thought of interracial relationships and marriages.
This topic has recently been getting attention in the media due to the multiple interracial celebrity couples that have been coming about over the last few years.
On Jan. 13, rapper Kanye West got into an altercation with an 18-year-old man who made racial slurs involving his relationship with reality TV personality and socialite Kim Kardashian.
According to TMZ and Us Weekly, the man allegedly called Kardashian a “nigger lover,” which is what set West off.
Another similar incident is when Tamera Mowry-Housely from the 1990s show “Sister, Sister” announced on OWN’s “Where Are They Now?” special that she will be quitting her reality show and then burst into tears because of all the racism her family has faced on the Internet.
Mowry-Housely, who is biracial, has been married to Fox News correspondent Adam Housely for three years, and they have a son together. On the reality show, viewers were able to see moments where racist comments about their union and their child were made on Twitter, severely upsetting Mowry.
“I get called ‘white man’s whore,’” she said. “The new one was, back in the day, you cost $300, but now you’re giving it to him for free.”’
Her sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, who is married to an African-American man, reveals that she’s often criticized for not marrying a white man.
“I get the opposite, actually. I’ve had people say that you’ve done it right by marrying a white man,” Tia said about her sister’s marriage.
Ypsilanti resident Cherokee Shoemaker, who is the mother of a biracial daughter, teaches her daughter the beauty of her heritage.
“Knowing that my daughter is biracial, I have always made it clear to let her know that she has the best of both worlds and despite all of the negativity, she can accomplish anything she wants to,” she said. “We have, of course, come a long way through the years, but people need to realize that there is still work to be done.”

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