The interracial dating debate always raises a level of sensitivity among Black women, especially when it comes to brothers courting women who don't look like "us." It's nothing that we can't escape, and with recent heated discussions and opinions about NFL great Terrell Owens of VH1's "The T.O. Show," sisters have plenty to say about his tastes in women and other notable Black men such as Terrence Howard, Derek Luke and Reggie Bush who have dated or married women outside of their race. ESSENCE.com caught up with TNT's "Dark Blue" hunk Omari Hardwick, who shared his unadulterated views about whether love is truly color blind or if a brother shouldn't bring any woman home that can't use his mama's comb.Omari Hardwick says the following as his conclusion:
So what I've learned through my personal experience of interracial dating is that sometimes you might be able to help who you love but sometimes love just happens when you least expect it and when it does you have to be able to embrace it with an open heart.
Well, in my black woman sister circles the problem we have have with inter-racial dating is when the black man "trades down" to get a white woman.
Examples of trading down:
1. Kanye West and Amber Rose. She is a bi-sexual stripper at the least.
2. Tigger Woods and Elin Nordegren. She was a former Nanny.
3. Ice-T and Coco. She does sexy pics for a living. He has a Grammy and is a decent actor.
Couples that I am OK with because I think they are equals.
1. Hedi Klum and Seal. She totally has her own everything. Also, please note Seal is way big in Europe.
2. Taye Diggs and India Menzel. They both started together in rent.
3. Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery. Ellen has a great career.
4. Everyone Russell Simmons dates because he only dates models.
But on an everyday level. Every black man with a white woman on Jerry Springer or Maury ends up with the trashiest and often overweight white chick. Please note: I will concede that if a couple is on Jerry or Maury they are trading down in both directions.
And before you hate on me for me being one side. Here is a positive photo montage of inter-racial relationships.