In the documentary "Dark Girls," black women share their deeply personal stories of prejudice and candid thoughts on skin tone, revealing controversial insights into the struggles and self-esteem issues dark-skinned women experience throughout the world. But these women aren't the only people featured in the film. Adding to the big picture, "Dark Girls" also includes the perspectives of white men who married black women. Is their decision to marry a dark-skinned woman a conscious choice? For one white man, hip-hop author and journalist Soren Baker, he consciously knew he was attracted to black women. As Baker explains in this video from "Dark Girls," his interest in dating outside his own race is something that reaches back as early as his days as a young student -- and was never an issue within his own family.
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In fact, when I first set out to meet his white, British family, I asked if he had told them I was black. I was also nervous about introducing him to my Somali-Yemeni family. But as it turned out, both our families have welcomed and supported our relationship. I can almost see the disappointment radiating off people who find out that my partner is white. But many of these stories have provoked strong reactions from audiences critical of characters of color having white love interests.
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She had a perfect hourglass figure, large clear eyes, a tiny waist, long slim hands, a killer sense of dress and smooth dark skin. The only trait I shared with her was her skin color. My mother always spoke of this with pride. It was a treasure to be kept whole through diligent care — applications of thick, pasty Eucerin lotion, which used to come in a tub, worked into the skin as it melted down and made everything smooth and shiny.
Ronald Hall does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. For generations, intimacy between black men and white women was taboo. A mere accusation of impropriety could lead to a lynching, and interracial marriage was illegal in a number of states.