Exploring the controversial subject and attraction of interracial relationships, this is a balanced analysis of the historical, cultural, and societal mores that influence these unions. Factors such as slavery and the perception of white women as "forbidden fruit", the preponderance of women with lighter complexions in segments airing on BET and MTV, and the self-image and agenda of the African American male are explored in the context of how these issues may inadvertently influence the choice of a spouse from outside of the African American race. Also examined are the reasons why a greater number of African American women marry within their race and the subtle and overt implications these marriages have on their immediate circle and the community at large.
John Johnson is completing his doctorate in social psychology at the University of California. He lives in San Jose, California.