Why do you suppose young people have a problem with letting their parents know they are dating outside their race?Young people don't have a problem because time is moving on, but can someone tell...

Why do you suppose young people have a problem with letting their parents know they are dating outside their race?

Young people don't have a problem because time is moving on, but can someone tell me how they think about it please - thanks

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Presumably, young people who worry about this do so because they believe that their parents will disapprove.  So let us look at reasons why parents might disapprove of their children entering into interracial relationships.

Of course, some of this is due to residual racism on the part of the parents.  There are still parents who feel that their race is superior to other races and therefore do not want their kids to date "outside the race."

Some of it could be concern for how well the relationships will last.  It is still true that interracial relationships are more fragile than ones where both members are of the same race.  Even if parents are not racist, they may fear that their kids will have a harder time making such a relationship work.

Another reason is the fact that some non-white parents may feel a great deal of pride in their racial/ethnic identity and may not want that identity to be diluted.  African Americans may feel that dating outside the race is a way of showing a lack of racial pride.  Immigrants may want to preserve their cultures and may fear that their children will lose their sense of identity with the parents' culture if they have relationships outside the race.

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