Excerpted from INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS: CONFRONTING THE NEGATIVITY by Lanisha Cole of Finally in Focus blog

Where to begin… My engagement announcement yesterday has highlighted a very sensitive issue… the topic of interracial dating. Though please know that it was never an issue for me, my fiancé, our friends and family. It’s unfortunate that a few ignorant people have taken an event that every girl dreams of and turned it into a negative with their vile and ignorant comments. I won’t give this urban gossip website the benefit of being mentioned (I used to be a huge fan, by the way) but among some of the comments came the term “Sellout Negro” and other disgusting and derogatory references.

As many of you know, I don’t usually speak about my personal life.  It’s more important to me for people to focus on what I do professionally, but this particular topic has been swept under the rug far too often and I feel that its important for me to put this issue out in the open. Calling someone a “sellout” based on the race of their significant other is mean spirited, pathetic and highlights everything wrong with our society. I have never been in a relationship based on wealth or status. If that was the case then I’m sure you would have seen me out and about with rappers, athletes, artists, etc. I’ve always stayed under the radar (by choice) and made my life decisions based on what I value, what my parents taught me and what my heart tells me to do.  Read the rest of the story.

Lanisha Cole and Rick Licht

Lanisha Cole and Rick Licht

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