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Families and households
Prince Harry's Engagement: It's Still Rare for a White Man to Marry a Nonwhite Woman in the U.K.
Early on in their relationship, Jamila gave her white husband Tommo a crash course in their racial differences: the expected ignorant comments from others, the inability to walk into a shop and find her cosmetic needs catered for, and the whitewashing of historical figures that were banished from the school curriculum. The divide between people being passively non-racist and actively anti-racist became a major talking point. Protests in the US and UK — including the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston — also opened up a conversation about what individuals consider an appropriate response to institutional racism. It was a discourse no one could detach from, and while many took to the streets in solidarity, many others had difficult conversations at home: with themselves, with family members, with friends. But for black Brits in interracial marriages, there was an added level of intensity: now they had to have awkward conversations with their spouses too. Sarah Louise Ryan, a matchmaker and relationship expert, said couples need to consider discussing their differing experiences of discrimination, racial profiling, stereotypes and inequality.
How 2020 changed interracial relationships
Prince Harry's engagement to actress Meghan Markle, who is biracial, has been celebrated as a breakthrough in race relations in the United Kingdom. This engagement is really quite extraordinary This would have been unthinkable 20 years ago Yet while interracial couples are on the rise in the U.
HuffPost UK parenting columnist Robyn Wilder believes the discourse around Harry and Meghan throughout their relationship may have something to tell us about attitudes towards mixed-race relationships in Britain. Media rhetoric has been negative towards Meghan from the start. Gabriella says she and her boyfriend, year-old Ethan Quesne, have never had big problems being in a mixed-race couple, but when they started dating three and a half years ago she was nervous about the potential challenges.