Examining dating and frienships

It also reveals that whites and Asians are far less inclined to invite blacks to join their wedding parties—presumably because African Americans remain so marginalized in the U. that a friendship with a black person lacks the social currency that a friendship with a white person or Asian carries.

Racism isn’t the only barrier to interracial friendships.

The impact of this trend affects people of color more than whites.

Minorities and people with less education have smaller social networks than whites do.

There was a kind of possessiveness to it, a feeling that we both wanted to be each other’s go-to person, even if we weren’t together.

We both dated other people during those three years, but he was still my first phone call when my grandfather had a stroke, and when I got my first job offer.

Racial stereotypes and prejudice inevitably color how different racial groups perceive each other, resulting in divisions that pose challenges to potential cross-cultural friendships. Simply asking people if they have a friend of a different race has also proven to be ineffective given that the public is likely to include mere acquaintances as friends in an effort to appear well-rounded and open-minded.

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We met when we were both 25, three years after I broke up with my college boyfriend, whom I dated for four years. Though we lived in different cities (the reason for our breakup), we talked on the phone regularly, saw each other whenever we found ourselves in the same place, and kept close tabs on each other’s love life.

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