The reasons behind this trend are as disturbing as they are depressing.
Like Williams, Obama cannot escape the optics of her new boyfriend’s whiteness.
for someone with money, but when you happen to fall for someone who has money, a lot of stresses that come with most relationships just aren’t there.
But then again, dating someone much wealthier than you comes with its own challenges.
“In short, no matter the personal cost,” Banks said, “black women are encouraged to marry ‘down’ before they marry ‘out.'” So far, Obama’s kiss is been met with relatively little backlash.
This decorum, however, is likely to fade if Obama continues to date—and ultimately marry—outside her race.
On a community level, explained Stanford law professor Ralph Richard Banks in his book , black women often face a type of pressure to marry within the race that white simply women do not experience.