In Queens, there were so many people from the West Indies, that mostly socialized with blacks and Latinos.So Indians from India were East Indians, where people from West Indies were West Indians.“Don’t come home with a black boyfriend,” my dad said in a raspy whisper as he pointed one finger unintentionally at my heart and gestured towards my co-ed dorm. A perpetual comedian, my dad’s parting words were not unlike his jokester self.I could see the muscular definition in Qinisela’s arms and better inspect his sexy skin that was the color of my parent’s fears. But like every daughter of an Irishman knows, there’s a bit of truth to every sarcastic remark. They were everywhere — complimenting my dress on the street, asking to borrow a pen in class, and filling my beer at parties. But I drifted to anyone who was different from what I was used to.
Perhaps people are staring because they applaud you for being in a mixed relationship or belong to a mixed couple themselves.If you're in an interracial relationship, you may be crazy about your partner but dismayed that others disapprove.Strangers stare at the two of you when you walk hand-in-hand down the street.Friends ask questions about “those people” and family members say they fear for your future mixed-race children.So, what’s the best way to handle disapproval of your interracial relationship? Above all else, take the steps necessary to protect your relationship in the face of ongoing negativity.