The topic on interracial relationships is a very interesting one. What’s my first reaction to it? I’m not with it. Now before you stop reading my article, I want you to understand why I (initially) had negative perceptions on interracial relationships:
— Stares in the street (results in lack of comfortability)
— Differences in cultural practices (results in social conflict)
— Disagreement in racial politics (results in the omission of genuine conversations and individual views being voiced)
— Hatred towards own race (“I only date white women/non-white women” aka I hate myself)
Personally, I want a black man as a husband. I want to start a family with a man who shares my interests and cultural practices. I want us, together, to teach our children our shared practices and build a beautiful brown kingdom. How can I succeed this if there’s a shortage? All the good, educated ones are taken. The ones who are artistically inclined with all their chakras aligned are taken. By white women. I cringe when I see a black man hold a white woman’s hand. I force eye contact with the man so he can witness my disapproval. I’m bitter, I’m baffled and I envy.
I was seeing a White man on and off for way too long. Don’t get me wrong - I enjoyed the time we spent together and the bizarre adventures we embarked on. There were just small things that made me feel I was just fulfilling his 'Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' with non-white women and the involvement would never progress. In the end, my intuition was correct. So, maybe the reason I’m not into the idea of interracial love is because I’m being pessimistic based off my own experiences? I feel my own personal experiences and inability to meet my infamous Black man may be clouding my judgment. With that, I decided to challenge myself as an artist and execute Iced Coffee w. Soy.
The creative project, Iced Coffee w. Soy, is my attempt to understand the beauty behind interracial love and showcase its artistic value. This project was focused on specifically black and white relationships. While preparing for the project, I was thinking of the visual aesthetic and how powerful the contrast in the images would be. I wanted the styling of the shoot to be street chic and edgy. In the end, I enjoyed every minute of the project. I, of course, will always support black love first. However, after witnessing the artistry behind the creation of this project, I may have just opened up my mind to the idea of putting clouds in my coffee a little bit more.
Thanks for reading.
- Amanda Moore-Karim