My life is further complicated by my decision to be in love, and I don’t regret it one bit. I feel pangs when I think of what my mother would say.
One of my male relatives brought home a date for Thanksgiving who could have been Barbie’s twin sister.” She assures readers: she has nothing against these women. Instead the background history that has rendered black women undesirable as partners needs to be brought to light. “Romantic attraction is subject to the larger social forces of racial prestige and stigma that swirl all around us, and in this environment, black women are losing out,” she states.
This prestige and stigma includes the history of black men being penalized for socializing with white women, making them that much more desirable.
I am thus considered to be a “full blood” Indian, also known as R(1) status.
This means that even if I married a white guy, my children will have Indian status and be considered “50% First Nations,” also known as R(2) despite that fact that their actual blood quantum will be 25%. Her mother was reinstated Indian status after the amended the existing law with Bill C-31, which affected Indian women who married non-Indians, who were then reinstated and granted Indian status after their disenfranchisement.
Yet, like many black women, she is not immune to the twitch of anger evinced at the site of a black man with a white woman.