I’d like to note here that I don’t live in London, and so the dating experiences of Black women there may be different to those who live outside the capital.I live in a fairly large city, Bristol, and seeing White women with Black men is just as common as seeing White men with White women.
I have read many articles from an American perspective about the growing number of mixed race relationships in the UK.
I am, of course, pleased that it is now acceptable to date who you want regardless of their skin colour.
However, the proportion of Black men in the UK dating non-Black women eclipses that of Black women doing the same.
Their reasons for not dating Black women echo the ubiquitous ‘’they have horrible hair and a bad attitude’’ or ‘‘I’m simply not attracted to them’’.
By: Carla Ford Have you ever considered if you lived in the UK, would men of others races be more openly receptive in showing their attraction towards Black women?
The eccentric, open-minded and tolerant reputation of the British is, in general, accurate.
However, I often read American blogs that advise Black women to go to Europe as it is more likely that they’ll find love with a slight irritation – dating non-Black men here is certainly no easier than anywhere else.
Couple this with the growing Western trend of many Black men seeking to date and mate with women of any other ethnicity except their own and the general invisibility of Black women in the media (when we are represented, we’re aggressive, unfeminine and not the object of any attraction) and you’ll find that Black women in the UK are facing the same conundrum as our sisters across the Atlantic.
Even more so, 50 percent of Caribbean origin children have one White parent.
I should also add here that Black people of African descent buck this trend slightly, and there appear to be more of them dating within their ethnic group.
I am a Black British teacher, and many of my friends are also in professional vocations.