One might wonder what may cause family and friends to rebel against interracial dating.
Many of the disapproving messages come from people of their own racial group.
Interracial relationships have been a topic of controversy since the time of slavery, when slave owners had relations with young, black female slaves.
As the years went on, white men felt themselves to be superior to Africans, and treated them as though they were lower in class.
Likewise, given the extent to which anti-Islam prejudice has made “Muslim” a stand-in for certain racial slurs, it’s not hard to see why 52 percent of Mississippi Republicans and 45 percent of Alabama Republicans would say that the president is a Muslim.
In fairness to Republicans in both states, the GOP as a whole has a problem with correctly identifying Barack Obama’s place of birth.