Pro and cons of interracial dating
Besides society influencing parents of mixed couples in the past, society continues to directly put pressure on mixed couples.
“When…Taye Diggs and…Idina Menzel received death threats last year that mentioned their biracial marriage, it served as an unpleasant reminder that mixed-race couples are still confronted by prejudice – sometimes in aggressive forms” (Spencer 132).
Inter-religious relationships can be even harder to maintain because of pressure from society.
When a Sunni Muslim and a Shiite Muslim married, “Terrorists, most likely from Al Qaeda, destroyed the Shiites’ Askariya Mosque in Samarra, and Shia militants responded by attacking dozens of Sunni mosques, including two in the local neighborhood of Adhamiya” (Dehghanpisheh, Nordland, and Hastings 24).
Kyle Spencer also reports about parental disapproval of mixed couples.‘He had this ridiculous mental picture of his baby girl out working in a field for a bunch of white folks’” (132).Again, similarly to the Asian-Caucasian couple, their father showed disapproval of their relationship based on past experience or teachings.Not all couples receive pressure this extreme from society, but any pressure put on an intermarriage couple could be damaging to a relationship.The couple may not constantly deal with adversity, but they deal with it enough to make it a factor in their relationship.