Do you know what the KolorBlind motto is? I am KolorBlind…love beyond black and white. Do you know what that means? It simply means that interracial dating/marriage is not only between the Black and Caucasian race. There are only 3 major races recognized (I suggest you Google some of the terms below):
Although they are only 3 human races defined, there are over 180 different ethnicities in the world. Society views being KolorBlind (in an interracial relationship) differently. We constantly hear in the media that interracial dating is between a black man and white woman and more recently between a black woman and white man. However, racial zoning: where do we draw the line with interracial relationships? What should be regarded as interracial and what shouldn’t? Should we only consider relationships interracial if both parties are of a different skin tone?
Let’s consider a few scenarios:
Scenario 1: A man of Dravidian (Asia) ethnicity falls in love with a woman of African ethnicity (let’s say West Africa). In this scenario depending on the melanin of the Dravidian, their skin tone can be almost as dark as each other or different. People of Dravidian ethnicity are known to also have very dark skin tones. In this scenario, they are two different ethnicities and have different skin tones. They also represent two different continents and are culturally different, not to mention the facial features and language. Should this be considered an interracial relationship? I think so, but what do you think?
Scenario 2: A woman of Semite ethnicity falls in love with a man of Eskimo ethnicity. Although their skin tone is very similar, they are two different ethnicities, race, are culturally different, speak a different language and have different facial features. Should this be considered an interracial relationship? I think so, but what do you think?
Scenario 3: A man of Indo-Chinese ethnicity falls in love with a woman of mixed Papua and Hamites (Negroid & Caucasian race) ethnicity. In this particular scenario their skin tone is going to be different and their facial features might be different. They both speak different languages and come from different cultures. Should this be considered an interracial relationship?
I could keep on creating a variety of scenarios, but I think you get the point I’m trying to make. I am just trying to paint a more realistic picture of interracial relationships. It goes beyond Black/Caucasian and Caucasian/Asian…there are too many ethnicities in the world to limit interracial dating/marriages to just two or three categories. Should society draw a line where interracial relationships are concerned or should we have a more open minded approach towards it? I am definitely of the opinion that we should think outside the box where it concerns love and classifications. KolorBlind for me means opening my mind to different view points, ideas, cultures and accepting people for people.
This is one of the most thought provoking articles I’ve written. I don’t claim to be an expert on this topic, but I have given it a lot of thought. I am hoping to receive some insight into this topic that would help drive a follow up article.
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