To mark the start of Black History Month, we revisit the often-overlooked and intertwined histories between Black and South Asian communities.The Juggernaut Editorial Team
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here are just 15 articles from our archives, which explore interracial relationships, Gulzar and the anatomy of heartbreak, life after divorce, sexual taboos, matchmaking, and more.
Black and Brown couples don’t have it easy. Marrying Brown can be difficult, but for Black partners it’s especially hard.
“I was 13 and was riding in the back of my parents’ car,” recalled Jitesh Mehta, who requested his name be changed. “My mom was in the front talking to some auntie, and they were laughing, saying, ‘Don’t marry a BMW.’ I’d never heard that before and asked them what it meant. My mom laughed: ‘Black, Muslim, or white.’”
Don’t marry a BMW. It’s a joke that floats around some South Asian immigrant communities, almost in order of importance. But family acceptance of multiracial relationships can sometimes be challenging.
“I still struggle to comprehend why marrying a white person, for example, is so much more widely accepted than any other race,” said Amit Patel, 27, from London. A few years ago, Patel married his best friend from high school, a second-generation Ghanaian woman named Michelle.
“‘We don’t marry Black people,’” his mother told him. Patel had it relatively easy — it took only a few months of meetings and conversations to change her mind. But not all Black and Brown couples have it this easy.
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