Interracial couples share the ostracization they have experienced
I am not going to start with "Its 2015" this time. Well, guess I just did. Why do we subject people who are in love, whose love doesn't affect us one bit to horrible comments and insults?
Well Donna Pinckley, an Arkansas-based photography professor decided it was about time someone stood behind interracial couples. So she began a photo series project in May 2014 dubbed “Sticks and Stones.”
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“If you go black, they won’t touch you.” That was one of the comments a white woman was told because she was dating a black man. And that comment is what fueled Pinckley's project because she had heard about such upsetting incidents in the past. So she figured: Why not photograph other interracial couples.
Her photos are taken in black and white "to distract from skin tones and focus more on each couple's affection for each other." And to go along with these photos - insults every interracial couple she photographed have had to endure for their interracial love. The comments we throw at interracial couples are unbelievable to say the least. Let me sample a few...
"If she can't use your comb, don't bring her home!" - Black man White woman
"You must like milky way" - Black man Asian woman
"You'll never be able to give her what a white man could" - Asian man White woman
"They are disgusting." - Black woman White man
"I told you a black woman lived in that house with a black man" - Black woman White man
"Look at you taking another one of our good black men" - Black man White man
"What's wrong with American women? Do you not like American women" - Asian woman White man
"B**ches like that are the reason we cant get good black men" - Black man White woman
"Why is he with her? He has all of us beautiful black women to choose from" - Black man White woman
"White men have taken everything including our women" - Black woman White man
"No other men will even want you" - Black man White woman
"All she wants from you is a green card" - Asian woman White man
Pinckley's photo series is ongoing. And what she hopes she will achieve out of it is assisting people to be less judgmental and more open to interracial couples.
"Anyone is entitled to love,” she said. "It’s not just same race. Love’s love.”
The thing is: The animosity is real. Yes we have come a long way. But I still believe we have a longer way to cover if people still have to endure such insults because they fell in love with someone who doesn't share their skin color.
To view these photos of interracial couples madly in love from Pinckley's "Sticks and Stones" series, visit the Huffington Post Australia and lets all support these couples and spread love. Feel free to share your own experiences with us.
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