Blacks and interracial dating stats
I have spent several weeks speaking to couples and people with various experiences from across the spectrum of interracial dating.
Enar’s stats are consistent with what I hear during interviews conducted for this story – that black people, particularly black men, who enter interracial relationships with white Irish women suffer the sharpest abuse.
“Being called a ‘n***er lover’, being questioned by family, being made fun of.
In those rural towns word gets around and you become the subject of the town.
Reaction to interracial coupling is not one-size-fits-all, either.
According to statistics released by the European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland last August, people of “black-African” background were involved in the highest number of reported cases of racist assaults.
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In 1971, 96 per cent of all 17- to 64-year-olds who married did so to another Irish person. When Irish men and women marry someone who isn’t Irish, the majority wed people from the UK.
These statistics do not directly address race, nor do they cover same-sex wedlock, but they go some way to affirming that interracial marriage remains relatively rare.
Straight-up racism was slugged at the couple like a brick to the chest.
“There was one time we went to Tesco,” remembers Otukoya.
“I’ve had a drunk guy in a restaurant come up to me and my partner at one point and say, ‘Congratulations, I really admire what you’re doing.’” Getting a clear picture of the number of interracial relationships in this country is difficult.