Episode 15: Not So Black & White

May 6, 2015

This week we get a lil serious and delve into the politics of navigating an interracial relationship. But not before we talk about some silly stuff like the selfie arm, the Apple watch and noisy Brooklyn neighbors. Have questions for next week or comments about this week’s episode? Tweet us with #LastNameBasis or leave a comment on our website http://lastnamebasis.com

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2 comments on “Episode 15: Not So Black & White

  1. Stephanie May 8, 2015

    Hey Fran and Pat,
    I left a comment about this episode on Fran’s fb page, but I figured why not post here as well? First, I wanted to say that I’m a huge fan of your podcast and really appreciate you guys bringing this topic up because I can personally relate to a lot of what you saying. I’m black and my husband is white and we’re a military family. It’s very unfortunate that in 2015 people still shade interracial relationships. For my husband he’s received acceptance from other black people, but I remember catching ALOT shade from black people who I considered a friend and it used to bother me when we first got married because I didn’t feel that it was fair that my husband gets props, yet I get scolded for “turning against my people”. As we’ve gotten older I’ve just learned to tune out the ignorance, even if it comes from my family because at the end of the day I love my husband & I love each other dearly and really don’t care who has a problem with it, but I just wanted to say thank you for discussing this topic with such an open mind. Also a fellow Floridian it’s very refreshing to know that someone on such a public platform shares my views, you guys rock!!!

  2. Y’all are hilarious. Just discovered you today via mixed girl problems twitter:) I’m the product of an interracial marriage – Filipino man and white American woman. With having grown up on different sides of the globe they def experienced difficulty in communicating and misunderstanding each other, but they have worked hard to stay together & to love and delight in the things that make them different.

    They got married back in 87, I think, and lived in a couple different countries as well as a few different states. It’s interesting to hear them talk about how much location (and time) effected how they were treated as an interracial couple. In one country they lived in quite early on in their marriage, Filipinos were seen as inferior and my mom constantly had people referring to her husband as her driver. No one assumed they were together because why would a privileged, white, blue eyed, American woman marry a dark skinned, Filipino man?

    They also had border issues when travelling (we traveled often) and people never believed my very white mom was actually the biological parent of three dark-skinned, black haired children when my dad wasn’t with us.

    It has gotten better as time has progressed. Society has learned to accept interracial families as the world has globalized. I think couples who are physical opposites are the most lovely.

    I now live in Idaho, a stinkin mono-cultural place. It’s been fantastic to watch my friends’ ideas of politics and race change because my brown self is in their lives. My friends who were absolutely against affirmative action, and had no idea why it was such a victory that Obama got elected, or thought the riots and protests that have been rippling through our nation after incidents of police brutality were idiotic, have allowed knowing a brown person to hearing my opinion and perspective change the way they see these controversial topics.

    Keep it up. Y’all are great:)

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