Even Usher likes the white meat.
Little Boy: (serving coffee)
Cream? Little Girl:
No thank you, I take it black. Like my men.
Just like Caucasian men and Asian women can't get enough of each other
, and Gentile guys and Jewish chicks go gaga over one another (or Jewish guys and Gentile chicks)
, so do black men and white women. According to media, anyway.
Though it's no big deal in most of the world, there are still some parts - e.g. South Africa, France, The USA - where black-white ethnic relations are troubled and this trope actually comes into play. In Real Life
, black man/white woman couples are pretty common and there are a variety of views on what this kind of relationship should or does entail. White man/black woman pairs don't get as much attention (positive or negative) perhaps because they are less common, at least in America, though the gap appears to be narrowing. South Africa and The USA have had a serious Double Standard
when it comes to this gender divide, as a direct consquence of Apartheid and the USA's Jim Crow laws (and slavery before that): many white men had black slave-mistresses, and this practice was generally accepted or at least tolerated. The reverse-gendered version, of a free woman loving a male slave, could result in death for the (African) slave and the public shaming (and possible death) of the free woman. When slavery gave way to Jim Crow and Apartheid, this bias remained - the chief difference being that before Apartheid, a white-woman-black-man couple would be lynched by the authorities whereas during apartheid they would instead be lynched by family/friends/neighbors whom the authorities couldn't be bothered to prosecute for murder.
Nobody lynches anyone anymore for interracial sexual relationships, obviously. Yet many of The USA's black women have to contend with the puzzling stereotype that they are all angry, unattractive man-haters - to the point that the news media actually run stories
about why unmarried black women are unmarried.
Please note that just like this trope's white/Asian counterpart, not every black/white romance falls under this trope. If the lovers just happen to be interracial and nobody makes a big deal out of it, then it is simply a mundane relationship.
Only when it is seen as a controversial mixed marriage
and/or one of the lovers expresses an extra attraction to their partner's skin tone
is the trope in effect.
The Trope Namer
comes from Blazing Saddles
. It's also worth noting that the affection isn't one-sided in the least. There are plenty of white women on the prowl, wondering if what they've heard
is true. This trope was commonly nicknamed Jungle Fever
, until Spike Lee
made a film deconstructing the term.
Contrast Like Goes with Like
. The gender inverted
version of this trope is Black Gal on White Guy Drama
. Also, any discussion of this trope is likely to bring up Black Is Bigger in Bed
. Also tends to be used in Dating What Daddy Hates
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- Some controversy was aimed at a recent Cheerios ad that featured the cute daughter of an interracial couple.
- In series of ads for Arnott's "Tim-Tams" chocolate biscuits, a guy and girl stumble upon a magic lamp, releasing a genie who grants them Three Wishes. When Arnott's brought out Tim-Tams in dark chocolate, the genie took the form of a handsome black man who eyes the girl suggestively after the first two wishes lead to her boyfriend disappearing with a hot blonde. He's rather disappointed when she wishes for a pack of never-ending Tim-Tams instead.
- Played with in Quantum and Woody, with Eric's (who's black) longtime unrequited love for Amy Fishbein. His best friend Woody repeatedly warns him that her white suburban Jewish family would strongly oppose such a relationship.
- In the original Boondocks strip, Huey's friend Cesar answers the question "What is the secret to happiness?" with "White women?"
- Said strip also features an interracial couple that struggle with this issue.
- Averted in Archie Comics with a dash of Unfortunate Implications; writer Matt Wayne tried to introduce a black love interest for Betty so that she could also have her own love triangle. Since he was portrayed as The Ace, the editor vetoed it and had him changed to be a white character. In another instance, writers got to vote on a new love interest for Cheryl Blossom. The black character won out, but when the "results comic" was finally released, the character had much paler skin than he was originally designed with.
- Played with in The Pulse, when a black nurse gives the white Jessica Jones crap about having a black boyfriend. Luke Cage later gets this from the new Power Man.
- Holes. The relationship between Sam, a black man, and Kate, a white woman, causes another man after Kate to kill Sam, provoking Kate into becoming the notorious bandit Kissin' Kate Barlow.
- John Updike's Brazil is about an affair between a rich white girl and poor black man who later run away together. Later they switch colours by mystic means (it's a long story). It does not end well.
- Perry Moore's Hero is about a team of misfit superheroes. Precog and Cool Old Lady Ruth recounts to main character Thom her black boyfriend from her younger days. Her rich father is not pleased with this, and has her boyfriend savagely attacked. However, she had no idea about this and was told he left her. She just so happens to see him again some time later, working as a stock boy, visibly disabled and uncoordinated from the beating he suffered. Ruth was so horrified that she couldn't face him, and said they would talk after his shift. He said he would wait. At that point, she drove away and her rage prompted her decades-long crime spree before she decided to become a superhero to repent her crimes. When she was dying after being attacked by the Big Bad, her last words were, "He did wait for me..." A definite tear-jerker.
- In The Poisonwood Bible, Leah (a white girl who came to the Congo with her missionary family) ends up marrying Anatole (a black citizen of the Congo). There are a lot of awkward moments, to say the least, over Leah's skin color, as she is the minority in the country where she lives, and because her race defines her as a citizen of an imperialist country.
- Older Than Print: The Framing Device of 1001 Arabian Nights includes this with Persian women (Persians were considered white at the time), namely the queens of the brother kings. Said queens are found lying with black slaves. The trope is then repeated multiple times within the tales.
- To Kill a Mockingbird: "White trash" Mayella Ewell comes on to Tom Robinson, a black man, in 1930s Alabama. As he tries to get away, her father comes in, witnesses this, beats the shit out of her, and then forces her to claim Robinson raped her.
- In the short story Spawn of Satan by Charles Birkin, a black man and his white wife move to a town ruled by neo-Nazi street gangs. He is horribly and gruesomely lynched by the gangs in revenge for his wife accidentally killing a white child when she had a heart attack while driving.
- In Model Minority a half-white half-Japanese teenager is beaten by her (white) mother for daring to date an adorkable black guy she met at art class. Mom seems to have fewer problems with her daughter's next black suitor, mainly because he's an associate of her drug dealer.
- Native Son deconstructs this because the prejudice against black men with white women is very high, when he drags Mary into her bedroom after she became drunk, in the stupidest decision in his life, he kisses her because this would probably be the only time in his life he could do this, but accidentally kills her when he smothers her with a pillow when the blind mother walks in because he knows he willed be accused of raping or wanting to rape her regardless of what had happened. When he tells his girlfriend that he burned the body after the police want to arrest him, she points out that they will think he raped her, and since her body is burnt there will be no evidence saying he didn't.
- Weeds manages to use this one and Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow with Dean and Celia Hodes - Dean cheats on Celia with an Asian woman, and Celia gets back at him by sleeping with Conrad and bragging to Dean that she slept with a black man. Conrad also has a relationship with Nancy before being Put on a Bus.
- My Name Is Earl: Joy was afraid of her father's reaction to her marrying Darnell, since he'd objected to her dating a black guy in high school. In reality, he knew that the unfortunate youth was actually his illegitimate son.
- Played with in Community in the episode "Early 21st Century Romanticism" where Dirty Old Man (but very white) Leonerd uses the trope almost word for word:
Leonard: "Where are all the white women at?"
Jeff: No Leonard! There are no white women here!"
- Averted in season 4 with Troy and Britta. Although there has been a few subtle jokes about their race, the focus has been more on their actual personalities than race.
- Brazilian historical Soap Opera Xica da Silva, period. And it was Based on a True Story.
- White powerful guy and Black slave girl.
- Since their groundbreaking roles in 1992's soap Por estas Calles, Venezuelan actors Gledys Ibarra and Franklin Virguez tends to end in roles with this kind of relationship, given that they are two of the most prominent black actors in a country where most of the acting pool is fair-skinned (and Ms. Ibarra herself has lighter skin and green eyes). They are helped by the fact that Venezuela is more accepting of interracial couples.
- Dep. Jones on Reno 911 is obsessed with white Dep. Clementine Johnson, even though black Dep. Williams won't stop throwing herself at him.
- For that matter, Lt. Dangle (white gay man) is obsessed with Dep. Jones as well.
- When Angelus is locked in a cell in the basement, he greets Gunn and Fred with "Othello and Desdemona!'
- Gwen says "Hey, Denzel!" when she first meets Gunn. He's later her first sexual partner.
- Oz. Kareem Said's attraction to a white woman gets him ousted as leader of the Muslims. In an earlier episode he briefly encounters his former fiancé, who's also white — a fact that caused a rift with his own sister, who accused Kareem of "trying to be something he's not." (i.e. white)
- In Charles S Dutton's sitcom Roc, a long lost relative gets engaged, and carefully breaks it to Roc's racist black father that his fiancé is white, though forgets to mention that it's a man.
- Everton and Renee on Chef!. The only outside opposition they got (not counting Renee being a bit of a Rich Bitch) was the Chef himself, who didn't think they should date because they were colleagues.
- Will Smith played half of such a couple on a Very Special Episode of Sesame Street dealing with racism.
- Dr. Elizabeth Corday and Dr. Peter Benton on ER, until the actor playing Benton got upset with the situation and the producers broke them up and set him up with a new, black character.
- 704 Hauser, a belated Spin-Off of All in the Family, showed a black family living in the Bunkers' former home. The son was in a relationship with a Jewish girl, which the father tolerated about as much as Archie tolerated Meathead (or perhaps a little less).
- Deliberately averted in The Sixties spy series I Spy, at the insistence of Bill Cosby.
- In The 4400, Richard Tyler was abducted from 1951 during the Korean War, where his secret relationship with a white woman had gotten him beaten up by his fellow officers. In the present, his relationship with fellow abductee Lily, the Identical Granddaughter of that woman, is seen as mundane... well, apart from their superpowered Fetus Terrible.
- Subverted and lampshaded on an episode of The Golden Girls in which Sophia strikes up a friendship with an elderly black man named Alvin.
Sophia: There's nothing romantic about it — I've never even thought of him that way. Which is surprising, because I've always wondered about that particular myth.
Sophia: You know... about black men... in the bedroom?
Rose: Oh... is that a Greek myth?
- MA Dtv had a skit called "Inside Looking Out" hosted by a black man and his white (and very racist) wife.
- An episode of Law & Order featured a white girl killing her black boyfriend, and claimed he tried to rape her when she was arrested. It later came out that her father was a racist, and had previously broken her arm for going out with a black guy in high school.
- On an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati black DJ Venus Flytrap dates station manager Andy's younger sister. It causes a brief rift in their friendship but they patch it up just before a bar brawl starts when a redneck objects to Venus and the sister dancing.
- An episode of Promised Land had a white girl and black boy pretending to be a couple to gauge people's reactions. It was for a class project and both were reluctant to participate, due to mutual dislike unrelated to race. Responses from the public ranged from matter-of-fact to disapproval to outright rage from people of both races. Despite this, the two came to genuinely like each other, but the white girl nixes the relationship before it can even begin, fearing the disapproval of her family.
- Played with in The Kids in the Hall - Susan, a white girl (Dave Foley) brings her black boyfriend Tony (Scott Thompson) to meet her parents, warning him about their attitudes. His race isn't an issue to them at all, and in fact they like him immediately - but she reacts to every friendly conversational line of theirs as if it were an indictment against him.
Dad: Gosh, Tony. I've got to tell you... you're a pleasant change from the usual riff-raff Susan usually brings home.
Susan: (furiously) Dad! He's not armed!
- Played for Drama in Hell on Wheels. For striking up a relationship with Eva, a white prostitute, Elam is nearly hanged in the highly racist 1860s.
- Introducing the "Racial Draft" sketch on Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle said of Tiger Woods (who is a quarter black, a quarter white, and half Asian [specifically a quarter Thai and a quarter Chinese]) "he's been discriminated against all his life, he's received death threats and he dates a white woman... he sounds black to me."
- In the British TV and Music segment of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony a white woman, her black husband, their interracial kidsnote , and various in-laws are presented as an average British family.
- In the Key And Peele skit about Othello, Lashawnio and Martinzion (played by the Key and Peele) are initially excited by the fact that Othello is married to a white woman and no one can do anything about it. Unfortunately, when they see the rest of the play and discover what ultimately happens to Othello, they are not very happy.
Martinzion: Let me tell you something; if a brother killed himself every time he broke up with a white bitch, this world would be bereft of brothers!
- In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the very white and British Agent Simmons either drools over or flirts with the black men she encounters, much to the chagrin of Fitz, her lab partner who harbors a crush on her. While Simmons' thing for black guys is treated as a Running Gag, a few fans legitimately ship her with Tripp.
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: White Dorothy strikes up a friendship with Native American Cloud Dancing when she decides to write a book about him, much to the disapproval of the townspeople (several of whom make very nasty comments insinuating that the relationship is sexual) and of his fellow tribesmen. Earlier, when a white woman is rescued after an Army raid on a Native American camp, people speculate that she was probably raped by them, then are disgusted when they learn that she willingly married one of them—"Any decent white woman would have killed herself before she lay down with a redman". When Dr. Mike herself is kidnapped by renegade dog soldiers, there is the same speculation and this does in fact nearly happen several times before Sully manages to rescue her. About the mildest example of this trope is the brief, mild flirtation between Colleen and one of the Chinese railroad workers.
- "KKK Bitch" by Ice-T's band Body Count. Also, on the album, a skit before the song states that "the real issue isn't the lyrics on the record, but the risk of the white kid identifying with a black artist, or a white girl, falling in love with a black man".
- Also, "Momma's Gotta Die Tonight", where the protagonist kills his racist mother after she negatively reacts to his white girlfriend.
- Janis Ian's "Society's Child".
- Kanye West - "Gold Digger"
And they gone keep calling and trying / But you stay right girl / But when you get on he leave your ass for a white girl.
- Madness - Embarrassment, which was a real life story about a sister of one of the band. Happily, it ended well.
- Public Enemy's "Pollywanacraka" on "Fear of A Black Planet" delves into this trope.
- Some of Ice Cube's songs from his "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" to his "The Predator" albums also reference this trope.
- The song I Believe by Blessid Union Of Souls is about the hope for love in the world and everyone being seen as people, not different colors
I've been seeing Lisa now for a little over a year
She said she's never been so happy, but Lisa lives in fear
That one day daddy's gonna find out she's in love
With a nigger from the streets
Oh, how he would lose it then, but
She's still here with me
Religion and Mythology
- Baron Samedi, the Voodoo loa of death, is usually depicted as a horny black man who is married to one of the few white deities, Maman Brigitte.
- In FarmVille 2, two of your quest-givers are an interracial married couple named Walter (black) and Barbara (white). That they are an interracial couple is never commented on.
- Nina Crowley from Treading Ground is a white girl who only dates black men. At one point another character refers to her as a Negrophile.
- Cracked discusses this trope in #5 of this article. It mostly talks about how movies rarely portray this trope when the movie isn't all about race.
- Chris Rock did a load of stuff on this topic, going as far as saying that even a plain-looking white woman like Rosie O'Donnell could have a plethora of black men to choose from. And she doesn't even like men.
- Considering the national story about the interracial couple of a black man and white woman who were denied the right to be married by a Louisiana justice of the peace, this is sadly not a Dead Trope. The Justice of the Peace in question refused to marry them due to his beliefs on interracial marriage, and told them they would have to find another Justice to perform the ceremony. At the very least, the Justice in question eventually resigned from his post following the national uproar over his actions and subsequent defense of said actions. And to prove that not all humans are bastards, the governor of Louisiana publicly denounced him.
- O.J. Simpson would not be worth mentioning just because he happened to have been accused of murdering his ex-wife, who was white... except for the fact that his attorneys removed pictures of white women from the walls of his house for a visit by the jury. THAT invokes this trope.
- Like many things, this trope is a very common theme in pornography. Examples too numerous to mention, although a disturbing number of them carry some racist connotations. And of course Bigger Is Better in Bed, playing on that stereotype.
- If nothing else, we might as well bring up the Interracial system of Literotica, which is on this trope like white on rice (or black on white.)
- According to some bozos, Tiger Woods. You've gotta love how the article sees nothing at all screwed up about his actual infidelity. And since Woods is a quarter black, a quarter white, and half Asian [specifically a quarter Thai and a quarter Chinese], someone is going to be offended no matter who he has sex with.
- Historically, white (or at least "pale") women have been considered the most attractive almost universally, because if your skin was pale it meant you were rich enough that you could afford to stay indoors all day, instead of being out working in the sun. Since this put you in a distinct minority, lighter skin tones were considered alluring and exotic. Even today, with changing standards of skin beauty, there is still an expectation that women be fairer of feature than their Tall, Dark and Handsome men.
- Older Than Feudalism: Referenced in the Bible, no less: The first chapter of Song of Songs contains the phrases "I am dark, yet lovely" and "Do not stare at me because I am dark" (the next part "because I am darkened by the sun" clarifies that this is basically a tan we're talking about here; the speaker has been forced to work outside and is apparently a little self-conscious about it because of the implication that it means she is of a lower class).
- Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel got hate mail for being married. In The Nineties. Even today, Diggs is criticized by members of the Black community for having a white wife.
- And she's Jewish, so most of the people threatening them probably hate her anyway.
- One can only imagine how horribly people treated (or wanted to treat) black boxer Jack Johnson, as he apparently exclusively dated and married white women during the Aughts — the Nineteen-Aughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt visited Britain during World War II, and spent some time talking to American troops. One consistent complaint she heard from white American Southern soldiers was that British women didn't treat black American soldiers like untouchable potential rapists. (I.e., how any "virtuous Southern woman" of the 1940s was supposed to treat a black man.) The British women were instead being just as nice to the black soldiers as to the white soldiers. Oh, horror, imagine that!
- In some parts of Britain during World War II, locals believed all Americans were black. Mass Observation records people saying things like "We like the Americans but don't care for these white chaps they've brought with them."
- Beyond just the romantic possibilities, this happened in both world wars: black troops in Europe found conditions far less harsh than at home. Less racism, less cruelty, less government-sanctioned segregation—in WWI many black soldiers deserted to stay in France after the war. After WWII, Germany had the best reputation among black soldiers.
- It's been noted by some that European countries weren't quite the colorblind paradise that they initially appeared to be and that in some cases the lack of discrimination laws was because the hidden racism was so ingrained that it wasn't considered necessary to legally mandate it.
- Speaking of Germany, guess who used this trope? That's right. After the end of WWI until the rise of Nazi Germany, the French had occupied the Ruhr area with dark soldiers from their colonies. They took a liking to the local women, and some of these couples had kids. The Nazis hated the idea of race-mixing and invoked this trope. In fact, the French colonial soldiers were mostly North African Arabs or West African, but that didn't stop the Nazis from spreading fear propaganda about "savage African blacks raping our German women".
- The Nazis also used the trope in propaganda encouraging men from occupied countries to enlist in the German Army, threatening them with a flood of amorous black soldiers unless they helped defend Western Europe.
- Actually, in the instance of the occupation of the Ruhr by colonial troops, it wasn't just the Nazis - a fair chunk of the German press ran cartoons like◊ these◊ ones◊.
- Francis Barber, Dr Johnson's black manservant and assistant. Johnson's white friends, including his biographer Boswell, were OK with Johnson treating Barber kindly but appalled when Barber married a white woman - and regarded his wife as no better than a prostitute. Then Johnson left Barber the residue of his estate - £70 a year - and his papers. This was widely reported in the press as a scandalous eccentricity of Johnson's.
- There is a stereotype (at least in the black community) that white girls are easy and will do anything a black man tells them to do as well as put up with ill treatment (infidelity, abuse), whereas black girls are demanding and won't do anything men want them to do. Obviously this is not true, but it is a common stereotype.
- There's also a common stereotype that white women date black men because they are easier to control than white men.
- Another stereotype is that white women date black men to piss off their fathers.
- Sammy Davis, Jr. with Kim Novak (the mob got involved) Well, the mob involvement has been the story for many years ... even giving rise to Davis' losing an eye due to a mob beating. Not quite. The injury that caused Davis to lose an eye was an auto accident that preceeded his dating Kim Novak - the Mob would not have, and did not have any interest in Davis' love life for these reasons: Davis, like many top performers of his day worked in Mob controlled places - and he made a LOT of money for them, due to his considerable talent. That scene in 'Goodfellas' where a woman expresses admiration for him was typical of the views people had of him: Davis basically took over the act he started in and put on legendary shows, night after night. The Mob does NOT mess with something that makes money for them. The other reason is that Novak was a Polish girl from Chicago; even if the Mob cared who Davis dated, they probably would only have objected if she had been Italian - the objection to Davis' dating Novak came from Harry Cohn, then head of Columbia Pictures, who'd put a lot of money into Novak's development as a starlet, and didn't want to see that all sabotaged by public objection to interracial relationships. Cohn attempted to get the Mob to shake Davis up, but they refused - for the previously mentioned reasons. And later with May Britt (just your typical death threats). Miscegenation was illegal in 31 states until 1967, so one supposes it's a little like Sammy Davis, Jr. against the world.
- Alexandre Dumas, despite being from the mid-1800s, wouldn't take any guff from people who had problems with his family, saying "My father was a mulatto, my grandfather was a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends."
- In 1955, Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old black boy, dared to whistle at an older white woman in Mississippi, and ended up getting lynched for it. His body was eventually recovered weeks later from the bottom of a river. Despite the body's advanced state of decomposition, Till's mother insisted on an open casket ceremony so that the world can see what Southern racism did to her son. The gruesome pictures of Till's body lying in state that appeared in ''Jet" magazine was credited with helping to kick off the Civil Rights Movement.
- Paranoia in the Deep South about black men raping white women led to a lot of notorious incidents. Among the most notorious:
- The 1931 Scottsboro case, in which nine black teenagers were falsely accused of raping two white women. They were put through a fifteen-year ordeal in which they were subjected to frame-ups, all-white juries, several rushed trials, and an attempted lynching. All but one lived long enough to be officially pardoned... in 1976.
- The 1923 Rosewood massacre, in which a white posse — spurred by the alleged rape of a white woman in a neighboring town — descended on the all-black town of Rosewood, Florida and burned it to the ground, massacring six residents.
- Guy!crush version: When The Nostalgia Critic (a very pale white guy) expressed hots for black actors Will Smith, Ernie Hudson, and Keith David, an embarrassing section of the fanbase expressed revulsion and called him a Category Traitor.
- After becoming famous with the TV show Pawn Stars, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop owner Rick Harrison wrote his autobiography, My Life At The Gold And Silver Pawn Shop. The book is full of anecdotes about some of the customers who come into his shop to pawn valuables, including pimps who pawn their bling jewelry. Rick recounts how one black pimp came in with a group of white women in tow. The pimp explained to Rick that many of his black customers couldn't resist the "forbidden fruit" appeal of white women, so they would pay huge sums to make it with his white girls.
- An ad for Cheerios in 2013 featured a little girl asking her (white) mother about the health benefits of the cereal for the heart, then makes a heart-shaped pile on top of her (black) father's chest. Unfortunately, the YouTube video of this wound up having to disable the comments due to the rampant racism in the comments regarding this trope.
- NYC artist Nate Hill, who is black, satirized black men who make an extra effort to be seen dating white women ("for status and power", in Hill's words) by starting "Trophy Scarves" on Instagram, a collection of photos showing himself wearing a tuxedo and carrying (mostly or completely naked) white women over his shoulders as if they were scarves. None of the women were paid and most contacted him and volunteered instead of the other way. At least one believed that she had to pay him for a session.