During a press junket for Temptation, Kim Kardashian recently told a reporter that she wanted to raise her kids so that they won't see color. The rapper Eve has echoed similar sentiments. But after what happened to me today, I really can't ever see that happening.
Though I always heard stories about interracial couples extolling horror stories of bigotry, I had always imagined that this type of behavior would occur months or even years into the relationship. I had just met this dude 3 hours earlier.
While there is a lot to be said about prejudice towards interracial coupling, that was not the most disturbing part of this experience for me. Though we technically were on a date, the offending passersby had no way of knowing that. It was the middle of a Sunday afternoon, neither of us were particularly dressed up and we weren't even standing that close to each other. There was no hand holding or kissing or anything that indicated that we were a couple. We were merely walking together as opposite races and opposite genders. Which begs the question: Can't people just walk down the damn street? Whatever your feelings on interracial relationships, do you really want to live in a world where two people of different races can't even walk together?
Did I forget to mention that this all happened in New York?