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“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.
At just 19, Obama’s long-term romantic trajectory is impossible to predict.
One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating.
Williams may be rich, famous, and stratospherically accomplished, but for many black Americans her romantic decisions are not fully her own.
Like Williams, Obama cannot escape the optics of her new boyfriend’s whiteness.
One need only look to the vitriol heaped upon tennis star Serena Williams last winter when she revealed her engagement to Alex Ohanian, the white co-founder of Reddit who’s now her husband (and daughter’s father).
For one thing, black women are America’s least-desired ethnic group by men of all races, according to ongoing research by dating site OK Cupid.That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically.Amid all the scrutiny that Malia Obama has been subjected to in her first months at Harvard University, nothing has attracted as much press attention as her being snapped by eager paparazzi kissing a white guy.The guy—identified by enterprising journalists as 19-year-old Rory Farquharson—is a British-born Harvard sophomore.