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October 13, 2010
By TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
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"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’


I read an article in the Points of View section called “Ditch That Black-and-White TV” that discussed how many TV shows still depict American families with only white couples or black couples, instead of interracial ones.

Honestly, while I agree, I think the main reason this exists is because it is still thought of as American. When you think of a typical American family, if you're honest, you ­usually picture a single-race family. But that isn't the reality. Today in America the number of interracial families is growing.

Did you know this very issue was dealt with back in the '70s? Ever hear of a show called “The Jeffersons”? Their best friends were an interracial couple.

Another example is “Boy Meets World.” In later seasons, Shawn's long-time girlfriend was black. In the Disney show “Wizards of Waverly Place,” the dad is white and the mom is Latino. On the “Amazing Race,” an interracial couple competed in order to show her family that she, a black woman, marrying a white man was fine.

I believe this issue is in the media a lot more than some realize. Still, many interracial couples are portrayed as dating, not ­married.


The author's comments:
I have nothing against interracial couples, we have several at our church (one little Black/White girl at our church, Z, she's the absolute cutest thing EVER!! :D ). I just believe interracial are shown more than people realize, maybe not on TV, but in movies at least.

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on Aug. 2 2011 at 6:56 am
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
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‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

I think it would be cool to be interracial children. :)))

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 31 2010 at 2:38 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Just to clarify I'm ttly ok with interracial relationships.

dnm509 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 31 2010 at 2:26 pm
dnm509 BRONZE, White Castle, Louisiana
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I feel that if you are of a different race then your girlfriend or boyfriend I will respect your choice. No one in this world can chose for you who you like or who you can love. So it is all about what you feel inside.

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 2:21 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Just to clarify I'm ttly ok with interracial relationships. I have nothing against them. I'm kinda confused about your comment, so I wanted to clarify my point. :)

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 2:21 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Just to clarify I'm ttly ok with interracial relationships. I have nothing against them. I'm kinda confused about your comment, so I wanted to clarify my point. :)

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 2:20 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Just to clarify I'm ttly ok with interracial relationships. I have nothing against them. I'm kinda confused about your comment, so I wanted to clarify my point. :)

TheJust ELITE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 2:18 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Thank you for the comment! I completely agree about how cute interracial babies are! They are adorable!! :)

on Oct. 28 2010 at 1:27 pm
513rjs513 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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I feel the exact same way! I thought I was the only one who noticed that on television. I am an African American,and I prefer dating the other races. I am not racist.  I prefer foreign blood. I also agree that they should put more interracial couples on television. Television is a national thing, and they could use that to show people about interracial couples. Interracial couples make beautiful babies, and I couldn't agree more on the topic.

VAL508 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 12:41 pm
VAL508 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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 I find that is often found true. However everyone should be allowed to be with whatever race they want. This is America, and we are a free country. Many say that this is wrong, but  it should not be. God says we should all be brothers and sisters and people that do not agree should take moment and rethink what they are saying.  They should rethink how they feel if they are church goers. Also the news and tv should also stop bringing it up as much.  

JRA401 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 11:53 am
JRA401 BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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ummmhmmm.!

As long as we are happy with the relationship we are in, it shouldn't matter what the media or others may think. I will say that commercials often have all "white" people with maybe one "black" person, now that is what should be talked about. Even when movies are scary and there are all "white" people and the "black" person always dies first. I have seen this happen plenty of times, and I knew what was going to happen. I agree there should be a end to "Ditch That Black-and-white TV," and the media should push more issues rather than making it a racial issue.

JTJ411 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2010 at 11:45 am
JTJ411 BRONZE, Plaqumine, Louisiana
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This is true. Where I live there are few interracial couples, but when I travled to Florida, I saw at least ten walking along the streets. I think that we as americans are stuck in that semi-racist mindframe, meaning we have no problems with a person from another race, but when they are involved with a person with a different race it all seems wrong. I have a cousin who married a caucasian woman, and he has two children. Both of the families love the kids, but I know some of the family members are still against the marriage. America needs to get better.


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