Celebrities talk interracial dating
She recounts a story of an Indian man who was scolded on the street by a white man with the words: “How dare you take our women.” “It speaks to the fact that this Indian man is very threatening because he’s come from outside and ‘married one of our own’,” King-O’Riain says.
“There’s a whole thing about ownership and possession there which is very strange.
The experiences they describe echo an old racist slight that has been thrown at men of colour who immigrate to predominately white nations since time immemorial: “They steal our jobs, they steal our women.” “It speaks of an Irish sense of patriarchy, that Irish men somehow own Irish women,” says Rebecca King-O’Riain, a senior lecturer in Maynooth University’s department of sociology.
King-O’Riain, a mixed-race Japanese-American ex-pat, has conducted significant research into interracial marriage in Ireland.
“Being called a ‘n***er lover’, being questioned by family, being made fun of.
In those rural towns word gets around and you become the subject of the town.
“People don’t see interracial relationships as ‘normal’, even if people wouldn’t directly go up to your face and attack you,” says Chess Law, a 19-year-old student from Ballymena whose parents are originally from Shanghai and Hong Kong.
“A lot of white people in particular don’t see it as normal.
Tara Stewart and Karl Mangan, for example, report no tangible distinction between their relationship and anyone else’s, but they see themselves as living in a liberal bubble.follows a black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents.The films couldn’t be more different in approach, but both are cutting works that explore historical injustices, lasting prejudices and social taboos.Straight-up racism was slugged at the couple like a brick to the chest.“There was one time we went to Tesco,” remembers Otukoya.
He was a youthful black man who had moved to Ireland from Nigeria when he was nine. From the moment their union was forged, the young lovers’ came under a hydraulic press of neighbourhood gossip, disapproving friends and constant sideways glances.