Africa: On Being in a Mixed Race Relationship

Fiona discusses the challenges of being in a mixed race relationship: There are so many reasons why your family and others might take issue with your prospective partner. People will sum up your partner and make whatever assumptions they want based on their own personal biases. I confess that I may have had a thrillseeker moment when friends back in Australia first asked what Nyani was like and I replied: “Well he's unemployed, has a shaved head, tattoos, lip ring and he's black.” I could just as easily have said “He's intelligent, well travelled, his Dad works for the UN and he's in the process of getting his commercial pilot's licence.”

1 comment

  • Karen Patrick

    It’s weird we are still having this conversation and I thought the
    commercial was really cute. Love is love and the color of your skin
    isn’t important. All of our hearts are the same color! Make love not
    war peeps.

    voluntary bankruptcy

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site