Exceprted from  Love is (colour) blind: A look at interracial relationships in 2013   February 13, 2013 by

It was 1983. Deborah Wallace, a second-generation Canadian of Scottish descent, had fallen in love with Stephen Hinds, a black man from Guyana. When Hinds walked into the insurance company Wallace worked for, it was love at first sight.

Hinds and Wallace // Photo: Stephanie Hinds

Hinds and Wallace // Photo: Stephanie Hinds

Wallace knew it wasn’t common for a white woman to be with a black man, but she didn’t care. Wallace had previously been in a relationship with a black man and faced immense disapproval.

“My parents were not pleased. I was kicked out of the house and forbidden to be a part of the family. I wound up living on my own as a young teenager, still going to high school,” said Wallace.

Nearly 30 years later, interracial relationships are much more prevalent in Canada. But are they truly accepted even now?

‘Today, everything depends on aesthetics, how you present yourself. Back then, colour was seen first,’ said Hinds.

According to 2006 Statistics Canada study that examined the characteristics of mixed-race relationships, 3.9 per cent of about 7 million couples in Canada were of mixed unions – a 33 per cent increase from 2001.

The study indicates that the number of interracial couples have been on the rise since the early 1990s, a growth that is greatly attributed to the growing population of visible minorities.  Continue reading