Northwestern professor wants black women to look for love outside their race

By Heidi Stevens | Chicago Tribune

Cheryl Judice knew her book would be met with some skepticism.

She wrote it anyway.

“Interracial Relationships Between Black Women and White Men” tells the stories of black women who are dating, married to or divorced from white men. She interviewed 60 women and men about their relationships — the highs, the lows, whether and when race factored into those highs and lows, what led them to date outside their race, how their families received their partners, how they were received by their partners’ families.

It’s an academic approach, but with a clearly stated mission at heart.

“It is my hope,” Judice, a sociology professor at Northwestern University, writes, “that presenting their stories will cause more black women to intentionally seek to broaden their idea of suitable dating and marriage partners.”

That conversation, she said, is long overdue and not easy to have.

“What I’m bringing up, for many people, is very sensitive,” Judice told me. “They’re like, ‘Why are you putting that out there?’ Because I’m tired of people being so miserable, that’s why.”

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