My black boyfriend’s not an athlete

black-handsElizabeth S,
USA.

Is he on the basketball team? Does he play football?

I’m white and in an interracial relationship. Whenever someone new sees a picture of us together that’s usually the first thing they ask. No, I’m sorry just because he is tall and black doesn’t mean he can dunk or played sports in college. Yea, he’s athletic but he just played intramurals in college. Why do people automatically assume that or more importantly why do I feel the need to say “no he ran track”. He ran track in high school.

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2 Responses to "My black boyfriend’s not an athlete"
  1. Jer says:

    I’m 6’4″ and white and still constantly get asked if I play basketball and I’m almost thirty. If you physically look like you’d play a sport well it isn’t offensive for someone to bring it up in casual conversation.

    This isn’t a race thing – it’s a height thing.

  2. Jer says:

    I’m 6’4″ and white and still constantly get asked if I play basketball and I’m almost thirty. If you physically look like you’d play a sport well it isn’t offensive for someone to bring it up in casual conversation.

    This isn’t a race thing – it’s a height thing.

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