Celebrities talk interracial dating
Straight-up racism was slugged at the couple like a brick to the chest.“There was one time we went to Tesco,” remembers Otukoya.follows a black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents.The films couldn’t be more different in approach, but both are cutting works that explore historical injustices, lasting prejudices and social taboos.Reaction to interracial coupling is not one-size-fits-all, either.According to statistics released by the European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland last August, people of “black-African” background were involved in the highest number of reported cases of racist assaults.
Census data tells us little about race, but it does show that inter-cultural marriages have gradually increased.
“Being called a ‘n***er lover’, being questioned by family, being made fun of.
In those rural towns word gets around and you become the subject of the town.
While Ireland is becoming much more cosmopolitan – certainly in Dublin and its surrounds – I think [there are still] long-held beliefs around cultural difference” In Otukoyo’s mind, there is a distinction in attitudes to a black man having white friends and generally being a functioning member of Irish society, and a black man who enters a relationship with a white woman.
“Obviously we’re friends with Irish people, it’s fine.
Richard Bashir Otukoya has some bad relationship stories. They ripple with a hurt most of us don’t experience.