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I was a bit miffed – of course, I both understood and disdained my parents’ preference for me to date the ever-so-coveted Gujarati Doctor, but putting my interracial relationship on par with a traffic ticket I received at 16, or when I got in trouble for talking too much in 3rd grade, seemed a bit extreme.Interracial dating, while nothing new to most immigrant communities in America, is still something fresh for South Asians in their respective communities.Our respective communities grapple with many of the same problems.Our generation of South Asian Americans has the chance to start this change – and after meeting Fatima, you know that it has already begun. I’m glad the article discussed the idea of privilege within the south asian community.I was in a relationship with a woman of Tamil background and the relationship was of profound mutual deep respect and open communication.Unfortunately, black men are stereotyped and fear of the unknown(among families) is often the culprit when women decide to find a soul mate instead of an arranged marriage.I tend to agree with Fatima, that the reasoning for this centers around financial privilege.Thanks for this article, its just one of many that are needed for our community to start a conversation on these issues.
But remain rigid upon the idea of interracial dating/marriage.This attitude is often escalated when it comes to unions between Black Men and South Asian Women.The irony is that Black culture is emulated by segments of South Asian youth.” Asians in general have a different socioeconomic status than other groups of people of color, and are the highest earning group over all racial groups, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
Part of this privilege may be an underlying reason for these negative attitudes towards interracial dating with other people of color.“My parents are not the traditional South Asian parents – they are more activist types, this includes even my extended family, and they understood my struggle finding someone, and the fact that Ibrahim and I share a faith, which was a big deal for me, definitely helped.