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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Karen Hunter Contributor. Emily Jane 's review May 24, Always looking for interesting titles, I picked it up, logically assuming it was a text about interracial dating and Blonde jane Columbus brings people of different races together in romance. Having just finished reading it, I must say that it was that, but also not quite. He spends more time describing the social forces that emasculate black men than explaining what a black man and a white woman might find romantically attractive in one another - if he touches that subject at all.
Essentially, his point is that black men are so abused by white society that dating a white woman is the only way of claiming status, owning what was once forbidden. All this is well and good, yet the dismissive attitude toward white women - the treatment of white women as passive objects of social interplay between black men and white men - is disturbing.
At no time does the author suggest that the reason a black man would be with a white woman could possibly be because he is in love with her. Instead, at all times a white woman functions as a status symbol rather than a living, breathing person with desires and interests of her own.
Might a black man be interested in white women because of what they represent? Might he be interested in a particular woman - regardless of the color of her skin - because he finds her attractive and they share common goals and interests? I think so, too. Allow me to draw a parallel.
My partner is an optometry student. This a young man is a future doctor with entrepeneurial aspirations and the baby blues of Sinatra; he could have had any brunette he chose - be she of Asian, African, European, or Native American descent - yet he has chosen me, a blonde. Was he on the lookout for someone with different hair coloring than his own?
I suppose it's possible: he often tells me how pretty my blonde curls are. But I think it more likely that we were paired up at random at a singles' night and hit it off. Furthermore, he is from Wisconsin, while I grew up in Michigan. Mr Persaud might see me as dating outside my home state. Were there no kind-hearted eye doctors in all of Michigan?
I'm sure there are. But Andrew is the one who stole my heart, Wisconsonite or not. All told, while this was an interesting venture into the social forces at play in an interracial romance, peppered with colloquialisms and what is, I think, meant to be "black flavor", it ultimately falls short on both its purported goal of describing why black men love white women and its subsumed goal of defending the black man.
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