Ask him yourself if he’s black

Anne Gruel,
Canada.

My partner is from Jamaica and identifies as mixed race. His parents are black, but he has very light skin and has many white ancestors. I hate it when people ask: “Is your boyfriend black?” Yes, he is black. No problem with that. What they are really asking me is why am I dating a black man. So I always answer “Ask him yourself.”

 

Ask him yourself if he’s black

Anne Gruel,
Canada.

My partner is from Jamaica and identifies as mixed race. His parents are black, but he has very light skin and has many white ancestors. I hate it when people ask: “Is your boyfriend black?” Yes, he is black. No problem with that. What they are really asking me is why am I dating a black man. So I always answer “Ask him yourself.”

Ask him yourself if he’s black

Anne Gruel,
Canada.

My partner is from Jamaica and identifies as mixed race. His parents are black, but he has very light skin and has many white ancestors. I hate it when people ask: “Is your boyfriend black?” Yes, he is black. No problem with that. What they are really asking me is why am I dating a black man. So I always answer “Ask him yourself.”

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