I always date outside of my own ethnic group. In fact, I have never been in a serious relationship with a person of the same ethnic group. This, however, has never been a conscious effort (or at least, not to my knowledge)—I’m just open when it comes to ethnicity. That’s not to say I don’t find physical attraction important, rather, ethnicity is not of importance in the bigger picture.
While most of my family members date and marry within the same ethnic group, there are exceptions, mostly on my mom’s side of the family, where my three uncles all have girlfriends of different ethnicities. My uncle Juan has a Korean/Italian girlfriend, my uncle Omar has a Black fiancée, and my uncle Danny has a Mexican girlfriend. My dad’s side of the family is a different story. A majority of his family dates others within the ethnic group, which certainly has a great deal to do with proximity.
Being in a relationship with my girlfriend, who is Asian, has never been an issue for my family. In fact, both sides of the family welcome her into the family with open arms. My family has a very open point of view on the subject: as long as you’re in a happy, healthy relationship with someone you deeply care for, race, gender, sexuality, or religion don’t matter.
When it comes to the general public, I believe that most share the idea that interracial couples are nothing to be concerned about, especially nowadays. I’ve never had any negative reactions about dating someone outside of my ethnic group and I sure hope it stays that way. Who you choose to spend your life with is nobody else’s business, especially not some stranger on the streets. I hope that eventually everyone will share the same general idea my family has regarding relationships: as long as you’re happy, nothing else matters.