Created By: filmab92 on July 18, 2011 Last Edited By: filmab92 on February 14, 2013
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Miss Miscegenation Lamenation

A trope that usually involves a black woman lamenting over a black guy dating a white woman.

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This trope can be a Stock Character in the plot of a film, a tv show, literature, etc. The trope usually involves a black woman complaining about a black man (or black men in general) dating a white woman or other women who are not black. Arguably, this trope could have started due to the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), which was about the relationship between a black man and a white woman. In the film it featured a black maid (played by Isabel Sanford) giving the Sidney Poitier character some grief about marrying a white woman.

Sadly, this trope may have Unfortunate Implications to it (and some Real Life examples). However, it appears that this trope has not been used as much over the past few years, so this can be considered a Discredited Trope.

Some examples of Miss Miscegenation Lamenation may include (but not limited to):said black woman complaining about this to her other black girlfriends, black woman and her girlfriends giving the black guy/white woman some glaring stares, (rarely) openly complains about said couple being together in front of the couple.

Some related tropes include Jealous Woman and Where Da White Women At?
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  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    Was it all that common to begin with? I don't doubt it happened a few times, but was it common enough to be a trope?

    If it was, then the term for when a trope stops being used due to obsolescence is Discredited Trope.
  • July 18, 2011
    c0ry
    In order to generalize this to other possible pairings, I suggest a better title (with fewer duplicate question marks, which just makes it look unprofessional) such as Date Your Own Kind (which admittedly focuses more on interactions between the bitter member of one group and the perceived interloper).
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    If it's expanded out to generalise to date-racism, I'm confident there'll be enough examples. And I can think of a "fun" trope name - Date Race Victim, playing off "date rape" (not that date rape is fun, of course)
  • July 18, 2011
    elwoz
    ^ Dude Not Funny. Let's stay away from the rape puns, please.
  • July 18, 2011
    Acebrock
    Obviously related to Where Da White Women At.

    I'm not sure this is different enough to warrant its own trope, honestly.
  • July 18, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    Is this trope about the relationship, the jealous woman, or people's reactions to the couple?
  • July 18, 2011
    Bisected8
  • July 18, 2011
    filmab92
    @ Bisected8-I love it! May I please use that?
  • July 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    Go for it.
  • July 18, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    The new name implies the trope is about the jealous person.
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    Antimiscegenic Animosity?

    ... yeah, "miscegenation" and its related words is too obscure, I think - even though my suggestion sounds good from an alliterative perspective, most people wouldn't have a clue as to its meaning without looking the word up.

    How about going more direct? Interracial Date Dislike, or something like that?
  • July 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    I don't think that miscegenation's so obscure a word that it makes the name impenetrable. Not to mention it's the correct term for this sort of thing; think of it as educational, after all I doubt many people knew what Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness meant before reading the article.
  • July 19, 2011
    Aielyn
    Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness gets away with it because the trope is about incomprehensible long words being used. So, it's a Self-Demonstrating Title, if you will.

    And maybe miscegenation is more commonly known in some regions... but it's a word I hadn't heard prior to it being used here, and I'm the kind of guy that learned words like autochthonous just for the fun of it. (actually, looking into it, apparently "anti-miscegenation laws" is a term used in the US and South Africa, particularly... which might explain why an Australian wouldn't have heard of the term before, since Australians really never had that sort of thing).

    Anyway, if the word is accepted as suitable, I do think Antimiscegenic Animosity sounds better, for the alliteration, the general feel of the phrase, and the fact that it doesn't refer to a specific person (or even specific gender).
  • July 20, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Undercover Brother. Sista Girl gives the title character a hard time when he falls in love with Penelope Snow.
    Da Chief: What happened to you?
    Sista Girl: He had sex with a white girl, that's what!
  • December 17, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    Is this a trope?
  • December 17, 2011
    Artemis92
    Um. Awkward question: Do we already have a trope for white people complaining about white people dating black people?
  • December 18, 2011
    Bisected8
  • December 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Invoked(?) in Dance Flick, per the trailer.
    Black Boy: It's up to you to make your dream come true.
    White Girl leans in for a kiss, some black girls walk by
    Black Boy: Oh, black girls. Uh, so what you wanna do is, make that left, go up three blocks...I don't know you...
  • February 14, 2013
    elwoz
    I am discarding this because it has not been worked on since December 2011 and we never got very many examples.
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