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Don't Bring Home a White Boy

Don't Bring Home a White Boy

And Other Notions that Keep Black Women From Dating Out

Contribution by: Karen Hunter
In Don’t Bring Home a White Boy, writer Karyn Langhorne Folan debunks the myths about interracial relationships. Drawing on real-life testimonials, she boldly tackles this difficult subject with warmth, humor, and understanding, as she explores stereotypes of black female sexuality and white male perspectives on black female beauty.

Folan goes beyond statistics and offers firsthand insights on her own interracial relationship and attempts to tap into a woman’s desire to have all that they deserve instead of restricting themselves, simply because they want a “good black man.” Frank, authoritative, and universally relevant, her message to women is to look beyond skin color, accept themselves for who they are, and seek a man who truly loves them, regardless of race.
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  • Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439154755 | 
  • February 2010
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Karyn Langhorne Folan: Don't Bring Home A White Boy

An honest and eye-opening examination of the cultural resistance to black female/white male relationships.

About the Author

Author Revealed

Q. how did you come to write Don't Bring Home a White Boy?

A. The idea for this book came when Mildred Loving passed away in 2008. Mrs. Loving was the black female half of an interracial couple that challenged Jim Crow laws prohibiting interracial marriage. In 1967, Mrs. Loving and her white husband took their case to the Supreme Court and won. On the anniversary of the legal decision that year, I wrote a piece for The Washington Post, thanking Mrs. Loving. Without her courage, a union like mine-- I'm also a black woman with a white husband-- wouldn't be possible.

But I also raised the point that in the forty odd years since the Lovings challenged miscegenation laws, black women as a group had not married interracially very often. In fact, 74% of all black-white unions are black men married to black women. At a time when everyone is talking about the large numbers of single black women-- and the "shortage" of black men-- it seemed strange that so many of my single sisters refused to date across color lines, even when they were approached by sincere white men. Even when they liked the guy, many said it was an absolute "no go."

Why?, I asked in the Post essay-- and offered my theories.

Well-- you wouldn't believe how much mail I got! So many opinions. Some were supportive, some offered other explanations, some disagreed violently and some were mean-spirited and nasty. Being a writer, my first thought was "there's a book here!" and I got to work.

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