Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The beauty of interracial relationships

My sister believes that the world's most beautiful people are products of interracial relationships. As a dark skinned fluent Spanish speaker with a Chinese last name, people are often confused and intrigued by her ethnicity, and she works it. Her interesting look leads her to men of all ethnic backgrounds, and it was during one of her more serious relationships with a man of Japanese descent that she realized people of mixed ethnicity should always date.

Plus, she knew the children she would have with this guy would be gorgeous; thus, the beginning of a long line of interracial relationships.

I am a big believer in interracial dating: it only makes sense. There are thousands of different cultures in the world, and it's only logical that they come together. Besides the obvious benefit of possible children being absolutely beautiful, there's also the bonus of having two cultures embrace one another.

Two cultures equals twice the fun, twice the celebrations, and twice the history-who could argue with that? As a person of French heritage, I love spending time with my German friends during Oktoberfest, going to temple with my Jewish roommate for Rosh Hashanah, or trying to make pizza with my boyfriend whose grandmother came straight off the boat from Italy.

A lot of us have a little multicultural flavor in our lives, but don't realize or embrace it. We are lucky enough to live in a country filled with people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Meeting new people and having new experiences is what life is all about!

Dating someone from another ethnic background promotes cultural understanding, which is something that becomes more and more necessary in a world of varied racial groups.

If you are dating someone from another cultural background, you become closer to his or her customs, history and lifestyle, and you understand much better where he or she comes from. You also get to venture out of whichever cultural group you are from and open your mind to new ideas and customs. If everyone stayed firmly within the realms of their own ethnicities, the world would be full of very closed-minded, ignorant people.

In our generation, the lines are finally starting to blur between different ethnic groups, and it's due largely to young people disregarding social stigmas and dating men and women from different cultures. Plus, it's great to see your parents' reactions when you bring home someone totally unexpected (see "Who's Coming to Dinner?").

Some of the most beautiful people in Hollywood are the products of interracial relationships: Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are just a few. Most people aren't aware of it, but even Bob Marley, the king of reggae, was the son of a British father and Jamaican mother. There is also an increasing number of interracial models in the fashion industry as the multiethnic look has become more and more popular and accepted; in the words of my sister, "they are the most beautiful people in the world."

The issue of interracial dating has become increasingly relevant for me because of the escapades of my sister, as well as my friendship with a Dominican guy who is never afraid to cross racial lines in his love life.

Carlos has dated dozens of women from different nationalities and thinks nothing of it, which is how I think things should be. There should be no reason not to step out of ethnic boxes and meet people who are different from you, fall in love and start a family.

Your children will be beautiful, and the world will be one step closer to the cultural understanding we should've embraced long ago.