[ View the story "Love without boundaries" on Storify] Love without boundaries Candid conversations about the intersection of race, religion and culture in relationships.
The Stream· Tue, Jan 21 2014 10:59:06
Pew Research Cente r study found that 15 per cent of all new marriages in the United States are interracial, more than double the recorded number in 1980. A study of marriages across Europe from 2008 to 2010 also notes that one in twelve couples were ‘mixed’.
I love inter-racial couples! it means society is progressingKimchi Diouf
I support inter-racial relationships and love. I, of course, also support intra-racial relationships and love especially among black people.Queen of Nasmaniacs
When I remember that my relationship with Jesus is only made possible by cross-cultural love, I'm more motivated to love across cultures.Christena Cleveland
Cross cultural relationships and friendships are so much more rewarding than same-community/culture/religion ones! U get such a broad ideas about people, life, world and most importantly about yourself.facebook.com
Many online said they feel that love transcends barriers:
When did love start to recognise colour? It doesn't. But it was made as if ''inter-racial'' is the in thing which the masses must buy into.Thokozani
Lesbian love, gay love, straight love, inter racial love, big age difference love, old love & young love. Its all the same. Love is love.Lesbian Kinda Love
Some point out that cross cultural relationships can bring about an
and appreciation for other cultures and races, while others note the
of such unions, such as religion, traditions, language, and raising children.
@AJStream inter faith is very difficult to deal with, there will always be contention for superiority, and who is pleasing God more.Mr chiwizi
In class we're talking about if inter racial couples are right or wrong.. Mixed babies are perfect, love is love. What is there to discuss?Kristin Kelley
People use to think that interracial relationship can't work because of the differences of traditions, languages,way of life and even difference of the colour of skin but forget that love can fight everything.facebook.com
it does have a lot of good times, but it gets difficult considering the language, traditional and historical barriersfacebook.com
However, a blogger,
, cautions against putting down one's own culture or ethnicity to justify dating outside his or her community:
To those who treasure your cross-cultural relationships, yet so easily snipe at the people you come from — think of your children. They will be half of you. A Chinese woman may very well have a half-Chinese son, a white man a half-white daughter, a Chinese man a half-Chinese daughter, a white woman a half-white son. You will be present in your child, in their blood, in their appearances. Are you going to teach your children to hate an intrinsic part of themselves? To grow up angry and conflicted because their parents hate what they have passed on? Is that the legacy of your cross-cultural relationship?shanghaishiok.com
I said it once and ill say it again ; I'm 110% down for inter-racial love... Just don't bash YOUR OWN KIND in the process. It's unnecessary!RAP GAME CHAKA KHAN
Popular culture has played an important role in the portrayal of mixed marriages and cross cultural relationships. Apart from movies and television shows that depict interracial romances, advertising campaigns such as Ikea, Samsung and Old Navy have challenged the depiction of romantic pairing s.
This 2013 Cheerios cereal commercial generated strong
reactions for its portrayal of an interracial family.
I love seeing inter racial families on TV adverts ❤️ Puts a smile on my faceIts Jam-eee-lah
The only thing I don't love about the so called "inter-racial" Cheerios commercial is that it's promoting processed cereal.Diana Abu Jaber
While the ad was largely praised for sparking debate, some felt that highlighting physical differences in families works against showing that cross cultural relationships are a
Inter-racial relationships are so beautiful. So are same-race. Love is beautiful period.RenéeHamiltonBeauty
I LOVE the new Cheerios commercial... I have been waiting long time to see inter racial couple on tv!...but the racist comments was HORRIBLEKatyana De Campos
If seeing an inter-racial couple in a commercial upsets you, please do us all a favor and find a new planet to live on. Go @cheerios!Jason Shoultz
the hullabaloo over the inter-racial @Cheerios commercial is so stupid. we're all human. i vote for a gay couple next commercial #equalityCaitlin.
The ad became the inspiration for the the website,
We Are The 15 Percent
, which curates images of mixed families in America.
Racists, were you upset by the inter-racial family Cheerios ad? Here are real families (your tears taste delicious).
Crowd sourced portraits of inter-racial families inspired by a Cheerios ad:
via @alfadlmirandaDhiya Kuriakose
The Stream community shared thoughts on cross cultural relationships:
@AJStream #Crosscultural relationships set unique examples but require certain kind of perseverance & compromise on both parties involved!Neslihan Kurosawa
@AJStream In today's world, personal prejudice continues to leave room for doubt in the minds of many.Nadia Ali
Family & friends are quick to highlight religious, linguistic, cultural & other barriers & discourage such couples, esp the womenRudaba Z. Nasir
@AJStream No two people have identical beliefs or practices. Interfaith relationships do not have to be difficult.
I'm a Sri Lankan in a relationship with a Thai girl, well there are many advantages being in a Cross cultural relationships. We often struggle with our own identity and values that our society embedded on us, but when you are in a cross cultural relationship you will get an opportunity to re-evaluate and introspect yourself. Being in a cross cultural relationship will make you wiser, the challenge you take to overcome prejudices will make you stronger!stream.aljazeera.com