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When I started dating my husband back in 1999, there was absolutely no place, discussion or support for Black women who were dating and/or married interracially.

I mean actual, real-life interracial relationships. Despite its higher representation on TV and in pop culture, this is still a taboo subject, and one that is often met with a range of emotions that are not always positive.

So I decided to talk to interracial relationship expert, Christelyn Karazin, Brand Ambassador for Interracial Dating Central.com, who gave her thoughts on the subject and why she is an interracial dating advocate particularly for Black women.

But how would you respond to women who feel this way?

Christelyn: Black women have a unique set of challenges in the dating market.

I’ll admit there’s still some hesitancy to connect offline by both genders—I know this because they write me constantly about how to overcome it.

But meeting online allows for everyone to get to know one another in a low-pressure way, and build if there is a desire to do so on both ends.

It’s time to have an honest, open discussion about interracial relationships.

No, I don’t mean gabbing about the latest drama between Olivia and Fitz.

I’ve often been called by my critics, “The Chief Bed Wench,” because I’m seen at the forefront of this issue. But many Black women are sensitive to that kind of insult and outright disapproval. We want the people in our lives to approve of the men we bring home. It comes down to what makes you happy and what makes your heart feel like it’s found its home.

It kind of throws a damper on the inclination to explore interracial dating if you know your parents said they would disown you if you ever brought home a white boy. I’m seeing more and more Black women finding their bliss with the men who love and accept them, regardless of race. If you’re lonely and sad, but your entire peer group (including family) approves of the idea of never dating a non-Black man even if he was utterly kick-ass amazing, can you really say those people in your life want the best for you?

Since Black women have been hesitant to date interracially for so long, I do consider it “progress” that many of them are discovering that different races of men are willing to love and cherish them. Candice: Something I’ve also noticed lately is that more of my Black female friends have begun to look outside their race specifically due to their frustrations with dating Black men.

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