As an educated woman of color working in development overseas, I am constantly interacting with other men, usually, other means white—specifically European. A single woman, I am accustomed to unsolicited commentary about my hair, skin color, and choice of male companionship. The strange bit is, I get more of it when I am in America than when I am abroad. Is it the interracial thing or the transcultural aspect of dating outside your ethnicity and nationality that generates the stink eye from my fellow Americans of African descent?
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Interracial or Transcultural? Why I Started Dating A European Man
Though the notion that racial mixing is undesirable has arisen at different points in history, it gained particular prominence in Europe during the era of colonialism. The term miscegenation entered the English language in the 19th century as racial segregation began to become more formalized in the United States. It was used specifically to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations. Although the term "miscegenation" was formed from the Latin miscere "to mix" plus genus "race" or "kind", and could therefore be perceived as value-neutral, it is almost always used in a negative way, as something to be avoided, punished or outlawed. More neutral terms for mixed-race relationships, such as "interracial", "interethnic", or even " cross-cultural " are more common in contemporary usage.