Reid had talked about the challenge on the radio and publicly accepted the service’s offer.
She agreed to be featured in a news release announcing that she would go on a series of blind dates with four New York-area bachelors of all races, including African-Americans. In this day and age, some people are vehemently against the idea of a woman of color going out with men of other backgrounds.
Before I became engaged, whenever I went out I was constantly approached by Black men, willing to wine and dine me and give me the world.
And the opposition comes from within the black community. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is white, has been married to a black woman, Chirlane Mc Cray, for more than two decades, and race matters to no one. More than 12 years ago, Karazin, 41, who is African-American, married a white insurance executive, Michael, 42.
But the black character Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington, DC, crisis manager on the ABC show “Scandal,” is routinely savaged online for having a fictional affair with the show’s married, white president of the United States. They think it’s no big deal, but it is,” said Christelyn Karazin, co-author with Janice Roshalle Littlejohn of the book “Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed.” Karazin also writes the blog Beyond Black & White, runs an online forum of the same name and is brand ambassador to the interracial dating site. “Why do you have to be brave to date whomever the hell you want to? The pair lives happily in California with their three kids and Christelyn Karazin’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Meanwhile, said Karazin, the rate of out-of-wedlock births to black women is 72 to 80 percent — up to 100 percent in some communities.
Some of the ills facing black men, particularly high incarceration rates for relatively minor crimes, are unfair to them.
This may be the last remaining taboo in our supposedly colorblind society.