Dating Outside of Your Race

The topic of interracial dating came up on “The Real,” with Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and guest co-host Tisha Campbell discussing marriage statistics from the Pew Research Center.

The hosts cited a 2010 report that says black females are the least likely group of women to marry — especially outside of their own race.

“Now, I’ve considered dating outside of my race, although I’ve never done it before,” Campbell revealed.

During Girl Chat, Love gave her two cents on black woman and their dating preferences.

“I think historically black women have always been loyal to the black race, and especially black men. There was all this fear of not dating outside their race because they felt like they were being disloyal,” the comedienne noted.

Loni continued, “The pool of black men, especially as you get older, gets smaller. I find that I have a lot of my sisters who are in their 40s, their 50s, they have their degrees, they’ve raised their children, and they find themselves alone. Now, if you are in that, I would suggest that, yes, if you want to find a black man, try to find a black man. But also open up your pool, because life is short, and love should be available for everyone.”

Love also got emotional detailing her own interracial relationship with actor James Welsh.

“I know when I brought James into my life, I did not choose James on purpose. It was done because of compatibility and that’s what I’m saying to a lot of my sisters,” she exclaimed.

“Like when I go out on the road, and I come back, it’s so nice to have somebody to say, ‘Hi,’ or pick me up from the airport,” she added.

Regardless of whether you choose to enter an interracial relationship or not, Houghton said, “You should never be ashamed of what you’re attracted to.”

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