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Even more so, 50 percent of Caribbean origin children have one White parent.
I should also add here that Black people of African descent buck this trend slightly, and there appear to be more of them dating within their ethnic group.
Going through my contacts on Facebook reminds me that my girlfriends of colour have all been single significantly longer than my White female friends, who are often in and out of dating and relationships. Some may argue that our standards our ‘too high’, but would anyone say this to an educated White woman who only wanted to date White men?
On a few occasions I’ve tried speed dating and singles nights with my White girlfriends, and not only have I been the only women of colour there, I’ve felt distinctly ignored by the men there, even though my friends commented on my exuberance throughout the evenings.
I’ve interacted with plenty of White guys, but it’s never clear if they are interested in a relationship or not, even when we’re on a date.
Couple this with the growing Western trend of many Black men seeking to date and mate with women of any other ethnicity except their own and the general invisibility of Black women in the media (when we are represented, we’re aggressive, unfeminine and not the object of any attraction) and you’ll find that Black women in the UK are facing the same conundrum as our sisters across the Atlantic.
I’ve lost count on the amount of dates I went on, which ranged from men who have a clear fetish for women of colour (to be honest I am not comfortable dating men who only date one race and exclude others) to those who were seemingly grounded and cultured.
Nothing developed in any of the dates I went on, as it was never clear what the men actually wanted and I doubt I’ll be trying internet dating again.
I am a Black British teacher, and many of my friends are also in professional vocations.
We are young women open to dating other races, but being open doesn’t necessarily make finding a partner any easier. We’re tired of reading articles that tell us to widen our options as educated women and date men outside our race, because we are attempting this and it is making no difference.
When I’m with my Black girlfriends, we socialise in bars and clubs which are multicultural, and our biggest complaint about non-Black men is their lack of transparency when talking with us.