*Now that television is getting used to the idea of interracial couples, its time for writers and creators to start moving away from the idea that interracial couples only consist of a white person with a PoC.
Prompted by [a question] about interracial couples in media, and the prevalence of White/PoC couples instead of PoC/PoC couples, I started a list of [Interracial Couples Without White People] in live action television. By the suggestion of an anonymous person, I’m opening three new lists.
Note I: If you send me a couple for the list, please tell me their ethnicity in your message.
Note II: the ethnicities listed below each pairing are those of the actors’, not the characters.
Note III: mixed-race, white passing actors are totally counted as long as they consider themselves non-white, even if the movies whitewashed their characters.
Interracial couples between PoC in movies
- Hitch/Sara in Hitch.
(Black American/Mixed Cuban latina)
- Dom/Lettie in the Fast franchise.
(Mixed Black/Mixed Dominican&Puerto-Rican latina)
- Cinderella/Prince Christopher in Cinderella (1997).
- Trish/Han in Romeo Must Die.
- Mika/Raizo in Ninja Assassin.
(Black British/South Korean)
- Patience/Thomas in Catwoman.
(Black American/Peruvian Mixed Latino)
- Alonzo/Sara in Training Day.
(Black American/ Mixed Cuban latina)
- Demetrius/Mina in Mississippi Masala.
(Black American/British Indian)
- Marcus/Lucia in Our Family Wedding.
(Black American/Mixed Honduran latina)
- Ben/Emily in Seven Pounds.
(Black American/Afro-Cuban&Puerto-Rican latina)
- Jay/Audrey in Descendants.
(Mixed Japanese-Chinese-Korean-Blackfoot American/Mixed race*
*she might be Afro-latina but she’s really only recently started getting substantial roles so there’s just not much on her)
- Collins/Angel in Rent.
(Black American/Puerto-Rican mixed latino)
- James/Laura in Men In Black II.
(Black American/Afro-Cuban&Puerto-Rican latina)
- Adonis/Bianca in Creed.
(Black American/Afro-Panamanian&Mexican latina)
- Kay/Robby in The Sapphires.
(Australian Aboriginal/Black American)
- Dell/Talia in Larry Crowne.
(Colombian mixed latino/Black South-African British*
*they’re a background couple, but still!)
*This is a video from Al Jazeera on Japan’s suicide Crisis and how Buddhist Temples (and others) are attempting to combat this issue. 101 East is a series of videos, produced by the Al Jazeera network, covering various social issues across the Asian diaspora. Having had my own bouts with mental illness, the suicide crisis in Japan (and across the world) had always been of specific interest to me. People doing the work of suicide prevention are awesome and truly serving their fellow human beings.
*So, what we have here are White people, who want to practice a closed ancestral religion, that only exists because of the atrocities that were committed by their ancestors, in the first place. Can I just chime in to say that’s a horrible fucking idea? I’m not even a proponent of any of these religions and I can see that. And how rude is it to call on the ancestors of the people who once served, died, and were tortured and raped by your ancestors, to attempt to get them to do your bidding? Yeah, go for it if you want to fuck up your whole life and curse your family.
So i was talking to a white witch about Haitan Vodou and they were promoting that white people should be able to practice it, after a long dicussion their conclusion to my points were “i hate white people” and that it’s basically okay to summon the ancestors of oppressed people by the oppressors because “not all white people have oppressive ancestors”
If those white people have ancestors that weren’t oppressive (which is possible but very unlikely), then there is a chance they came from across the sea on their own and not with Columbus and them, meaning their people came from europe, and there are plenty of religions there. And even if they’re ancestors lived through slavery times and never bought a slave, that still doesn’t give them the right to practice. White people always try to twist things so that it can be ok in their eyes to do whatever they want.
In conclusion, remember white witches, 🗣Just because you contact your ancestors does not mean it is vodou 🗣and 🗣Don’t contact our ancestors, they are not your ancestors, they are ours 🗣
(White witches also forget that our ancestors are petty, they will listen to you and say hi and all that, and then fuck your shit up. Don’t try it)
I’m sorry, I just have to comment like this doesn’t even make fucking sense lol. If you have no connection to our ancestors why are you summoning them? It’s not like Gods & goddesses. They aren’t your gahdamn ancestors. Get over it. Why the fuck do y’all never in your lives develop the capability to understand when things don’t belong to you? It’s elementary school shit. Every other poc practice is mostly okay with each other. Y’all are the ONLY damn ones that always feel the need to insert yourselves where you don’t belong, the rest of us mind our own business or enter a practice the right fucking way. That’s why you’re never welcome.
on top of the damn fact that our ancestry is heavily rooted in slavery perpetrated by YOUR people. Like why do you even WANT to mess with that?
Black ancestors were the ones who hid our gods in their mouths through the horror of the Middle Passage and, when they reached darker, more treacherous shores, they let them out in tiny puffs of air. Prayers here, songs there. Lines scratched into dirt in mud houses, away from prying eyes.
It is Black ancestors who, when white (and other) slave owners tried to crush our gods underfoot, hid them behind a panoply of saints. The halos and the bright robes were bright enough that those slave masters never truly saw the expansive, towering nature of the ones who walked with us. Who still walk with us.
It is Black ancestors who, now that we have shifted into a new era, are coming forth, filled with vigor. Empowered as more of us begin to recall their names or, simply lend them energy by acknowledging their existence. We remember. Ancestors are an outstretched hand to us, one that we can grasp simply by calling upon them. One that we can hold through careful cultivation of our bond.
Like, don’t you understand? Our gods are powerful but so are the ones who came before us. Who built bridges for us upon their whip-scored backs. Whose sacrifice – which in many cases, was their very lives – is what gives us enough air in our lungs to call upon them in the first place. For those of us who remember, it is a source of infinite strength that keeps our backs straight and our heads held high. Our ancestors bring with them the force to make things manifest so that WE don’t get crushed underfoot when wahala comes.
And you, oyinbo witch who thinks of divinities like fruit on trees, ripe for your plucking and consumption, you think you can safely tap into that?
Dip a toe into the ocean of our strength and you’ll get dragged beneath the waves. You don’t want to know what waits for you in the ocean deep.
*And some responses to this:
This shit is wild to me white people are literally continuing oppression in others afterlife?!? Like summoning our ancestors would imply you are looking for exchange or favor or something. Which why would you demand that from black ancestors trying to rest from the terror of living with white folks?!! What. That’s horrible.
This photo needs captioning, immediately!
Here! Have some introvert memes! And please visit the IntrovertUnites website. Its a fun site with lots of information on being an introvert, what it is, how to take care of yourself, how to be in relationships as an introvert, etc.
This is my personal favorite and is highly accurate. (Don’t be calling me out the house after I sit my butt down for the evening.)
Yeah, this one is about right, too. I hate small talk, and trying desperately to remember where the hell I know you from.
“Meaningless ritualized social interaction” were the exact words I used to refer to “small talk” when I was about fifteen. I have simplified things as I’ve gotten older. Now its just called “mindless yammering”.
And just to lighten things up a bit, here’s some Chadwick Bozeman, my future ex-husband: