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Tips on dating a black man

The most significant difference among them is that this Rochester belongs to a New England state that is listed in bold when you Google “Least diverse state.” If you flip through my year book from senior year, you will count 3 black students in my class, only one of them being male.

Because of this knowledge (and my general affinity for being a tolerant and realistic human being), I believe Black men deserve the utmost respect in relationships, just like anyone else.After deciding to enroll at Towson University, friends of mine joked about me going to “the hood” and the violence in the Baltimore area, but I was never worried.Fitting into this lifestyle felt more natural to me than living in Rochester ever did.I felt a certain pride in hanging out with people who were Dominican, Indonesian, Laos, Filipino, Hispanic, etc. My parents taught me good morals, like not judging others by their appearance, though I did have to keep my jaw clenched when I visited relatives.They would ask me about the “colored kids” at my job as a camp counselor and spoke the word “bi-racial” in hushed tones, as if it were something to be ashamed of.Going to the club to check hot Black guys out like they are in a meat market is just as degrading as men objectifying women.

Black men are not just super-sexy, they are human beings and deserve of you, not just your sexual side. You don't have to come on strong to get to know a man. It is wise to learn about the history and the current social and racial climate of America before you haul off and say something super-offensive to a Black man in conversation.

Dating can be awkward enough already when dating people from your culture so you can definitely expect awkward moments when bridging ethnicities.

Take it all in stride and focus on seeing whether your values align, and you feel compatible and positive when you’re together.

Open your mind and your heart to the possibilities for love. Neither of you should see the other as a chief ambassador or racial educator for your group.

Be aware that there may be cultural differences about certain things like flirting. As people of colour, we are very used to being the ones who are discriminated against.

As an African-American woman, I sympathize greatly with the plight of Black men in America.