And both artists have been called racists and bigots for their comments about interracial dating and marriage, particularly those involving black men and white women in the United States.

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Growing up in an interracial household, with an italian/mexican mother, and an African American father, I learned at a very young age to accept people for their skin color and judge them for their actions.

My father, growing up in a time and place where racism was at it's peak, he still managed to look through the fog that was segregation, lynchings, white people hating black people for no good reason, and came out of it an African American man deciding to spend his life with a woman of porcelain complexion. How can looking past racism and color cause you to be a disgrace to your race?

However if you ask todays black man why he would choose to date a woman of caucasian background his answer is simple.

"Black women are high maintenance, needy, and can't spot a good brotha when they see it." Ok, with this being said, is it true?

” “My whole thing is that black women have been so put down – whether it’s due to the oppression of a white government or we [black men] putting our own women down.

When dudes say they only gonna focus on white girls, to me, it’s like a slap in a black girl’s face.

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A bigot is a person who is partial to their own group or way of thinking and intolerant of others.

Flicking through the pages of Essence Magazines, April 2010 Issue, one thing happened to catch my eye. Now it wasn't I who read it but my older brother, Ryan, who happens to be mixed.

Upon finishing the article, one thing my brother said was, "She's biased." Jill wants the equality that African Americans have searched for for over 400 years for that same respect and equatability as that of caucasians, yet she feels betrayed and uneasy knowing that black men are still dating white women.

They assume that black Americans and white Americans are in equal positions in American society.