White fathers should know...
"If I am your worst nightmare, you need to figure out what the f**k is wrong with your dreams", says Dave Harris in his poem, 'Black Boyfriend', performed in June at the 2015 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.
"I always see it. That surprised face. That face that says, 'Oh shit! My daughter did not bring home a black guy." That is how Harris' poem begins describing the shock and disappointment of fathers of the white girlfriends he has dated whenever they met him. He is a Yale University student and has decided to smash the prejudices he has had to endure on his interracial dating journey.
I think most black men dating white women can relate to this experience. And its sad to think that, in 2015, some parents still choose and dictate whom their children ought to date. Well harry continues...
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"To the fathers of too many of the women that I've dated... The day I meet you, I always straighten my tie. I use the biggest words I know. I break out the good shoes. So you can see them before you see past them." According to him, no mater how much he goes out of his way to give a great first impression, he is always seen as a bad influence of "just a phase".
His poem is against this whole "thug" mentality people have going about black men. At the same time, he feels such outdated ideas about interracial dating need to come to an end if we are to be the "melting pot" people seem to praise us for.
In the end, Harris tells these disapproving fathers to "Wake up.". And if you ask me, I think its about time some of us who are dragging us down did! Well here is the whole thing for your watching...
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