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"I might date another race or color
It doesn't mean I don't like my strong black brothers!"
En Vogue, "Free Your Mind"

Black Man/White Woman couples, as portrayed in the media, are going to face taboo and historical connotations, whether played for comedy or drama. This trope, the inversion of the above situation, is connected to the idea a black woman should never date a white man. This bias bleeds into the personal lives of any black woman dating a white man by choice, as thanks to the history of sexual abuse of black women by slave owners, it's assumed any white man black woman pairing is detrimental to her instead of a genuine loving relationship. This can be seen in antebellum and slavery films such as Queen and Roots.

When these relationships are portrayed, two issues may work their way into the narrative:

  1. A black woman may be accused of "selling out" by dating white men. It is expected that black women will only be attracted to black men. If her lover is wealthy in addition to being white, she may receive accusations that she's a Gold Digger, or may be an assumed victim of some sexual coercion like black slaves in the past.
  2. A white man may also encounter derision. Black women are seen as less desirable outside of black communities, and he may not be accepted by his peers regardless of what she looks like or her economic status. So a white woman is a more socially acceptable option. In the worse case, he too will be derided for being a "Race traitor."

See also Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow for a similar trope involving Asian women and white men — which often meets with better acceptance, at least from white men — and the gender-inverted version White Gal on Black Guy Drama. But Not Too Black can play into all these tropes. The Chief's Daughter is also a common trope in Black Gal on White Guy Drama. See Maligned Mixed Marriage.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • One story arc in Billy Bat revolves around a kindly taxi driver trying to reunite a black girl and her white fiancée who've been driven apart by racial strife between their families and civil rights protesters and counter-protesters on their wedding day.

    Comic Books 
  • Killing and Dying: Harold comments to his black wife that he feels that her parents only dislike him because he's white.
    Harold's wife: Oh, stop it. I'm sure they have other reasons too.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Played with in a complex way in "The Imaginary Letters." The story consists of several letters the white-furred dog Bolt makes up in his head while apart from his black cat lover Mittens, in which he lists all the things he loves about their relationship. At one point he mentions finding his white fur on her black fur to be sexy. While fur color has never been a prejudice hot button issue for Bolt, cats have been in the past — thus the fur color issue is treated symbolically.
    Bolt: Your smoldering, hot sexiness that never fails to get my juices flowing. There's just something about my white fur on your black fur that seems so primal, so animalistic, so steamy.
  • Part of the basic premise of Valerie is that African-American Sophia Hess (AKA the vigilante-turned-superheroine Shadow Stalker) is romantically intimate with Theo Anders, son of the Neo-Nazi supervillain known as Kaiser. When Sophia gets pregnant, she hides her pregnancy from everyone right up until going into labor, then lies about the baby's paternity and claims it was a Child by Rape by an anonymous assailant, to protect her baby-daddy from reprisal. Theo, meanwhile, is willing to murder the supervillain Hookwolf in cold blood to protect his girlfriend and their baby.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Belle (2013), fear of this trope is what leads Dido's adoptive parents to seek to dissuade her from marrying at all.
  • This is an important subplot of A Bronx Tale. Calogero, a teenager from an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx falls in love with Jane, a black girl from his high school. Their relationship remains a difficult topic because of the tumultuous 1960s setting; C keeps it a secret from his friends because they're all viciously racist, and he gets a bottle thrown at his head by a black teenager when he ventures too far into Jane's neighbourhood. C's father is a lot less racist than C's friends, though he says he doesn't believe in interracial relationships. Interestingly, C's mentor Sonny (a mob boss) actively encourages C to pursue it. Jane later rejects him when she discovers C's friends beat up her brother, though he didn't join in. They reconcile by the end after she learns the truth.
  • In Dark Blue, police officer Bobby Keough strikes up a relationship with Beth (unbeknownst to him, also a cop), which his racist partner Eldon Perry harasses him over.
  • Played straight in Dear White People between Sam and Gabe.
  • The 2005 remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (titled Guess Who) reversed the roles with a young black woman surprising her family by marrying a white man.
    • Also inverts aspects of the trope with the white man having a Disappeared Dad and being raised by a single mother while the black girl has two successful, loving parents.
    • The woman also mentions that they've dealt with nasty comments, and towards the end of the film, the father realizes that the man quit his job after his boss himself said something rude.
  • The Hate U Give: Starr doesn't tell her father about her white boyfriend Chris because she knows he'll react badly. When she does eventually introduce him to her parents prior to a school dance, her father at first assumes he must be the limo driver. Then he's upset that she chose not to date a black boy because he thinks it means he didn't set a good example of what a black man should be. He finally comes around in the end.
  • Downplayed in Hidden Figures, as it's mere "appreciation" rather than an interracial couple, but Mary Jackson blatantly ogles John Glenn and the other (all white) astronauts when they come visit the facility. Katherine scolds her for it, but Mary asserts her "right to see fine in every color."
  • A lesser known aspect of Jungle Fever. As a result of the main couple's Where da White Women At? relationship, the white woman's former boyfriend is left single. He wants to date a black woman but is beaten up by a group of white men for it. He still goes on the date anyway, though. The trope is discussed at length after the black woman in question leaves a store full of white men and one of them says that she's attractive and he'd definitely have sex with her but he would NEVER be in a public relationship with a black woman.
  • The movie Lakeview Terrace deals with an interracial couple of the combination described by this trope, who get terrorized by their black neighbor. It eventually comes to light that a good part of the neighbor's motivation comes from his wife (also black but now deceased) having had an affair with a white man.
  • The Last King of Scotland: During Nicholas's stay in Uganda, he is hired as the personal physician of Idi Amin himself but becomes attracted to his youngest wife Kay. Despite realizing that Amin is becoming crazier and more bloodthirsty by the day, Nicolas decides to sleep with Kay in a drunken lapse of judgment. This causes her to become pregnant, and their attempt to cover it up results in Amin finding out. Kay is tortured, killed, and mutilated, and the same would have happened to Nicolas if he hadn't been rescued mid-torture.
  • The movie Loving (2016) which is based on the events leading up to the ''Loving V. Virginia'' trial, shows the hardship that Mr. and Mrs. Loving had to endure while being married during a time when interracial marriage was illegal in numerous U.S. states.
  • In Monster's Ballnote , this is not only a source of conflict, but the main one at that. A white death row guard begins a relationship with a black woman after he walked her husband to the electric chair, which he keeps hidden from her. She finds out the truth by the end, but it's left open if they'll remain together.
  • Played for Laughs in National Security, where Hank (Steve Zahn), a former cop, and Earl (Martin Lawrence), a security guard, team up (reluctantly in the former's case) to take down the bad guys. Their rivalry stems from the fact that the first time they met, Hank thought that Earl was a car thief (Earl locked his keys in the car), which resulted in Hank being falsely accused of beating Earl (he was swatting a bumblebee, and Earl's swelling was due to his allergies). Earl agrees to help Hank get his ex-girlfriend back, who broke up with him because of this. However, when Earl finds out that Hank's ex is black, he immediately goes back on his deal. When Hank confronts him, Earl explains that he is strictly against interracial relationships. A little later, Hank witnesses Earl hitting on a white woman, causing Earl to amend his earlier statement to this trope (i.e. it's okay for a black man to date a white woman, but not the reverse). In the end, though, Hank ends up proving to his ex that he's innocent (well, Earl does by freaking out over a bumblebee in her presence) and gets back with her.
  • This is at the heart of Sapphire. When the Superintendent hazard that the murdered woman, Sapphire Robbins, was a fair-skinned black woman passing herself off as white, the murder case becomes a lot more complicated. She was dating a white man—who knew she was black—and was pregnant with his child, and the suspect pool now includes him; his racist family, who could've murdered her if they discovered she was black, or if they believed she was pulling a Baby Trap on him; random racist thugs who objected to a black girl dating a white boy; or various members of the black community who didn't like either her pretending to be white or dating a white man.
  • Something New starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker also has this as a main plot point with the woman's family looking down on the relationship. It's also a case of class distinctions with (ironically enough) the wealthy black family looking down on the blue collar white man.
  • Technically half alien, but still Caucasian from his mother's side; Spock and Uhura have a relationship in the rebooted Star Trek (2009) and its sequels. As racial differences are shown to be over in the future, the tension comes from the cultural difference between species. Probably one of the few sci-fi variants of this trope.
  • The Symbol of the Unconquered:
    • Jefferson is half-black but has a lot of hatred for black people. In a flashback it's shown that he was dating a white girl while passing as white, but when she learned he was mixed she ran off.
    • Subverted with Hugh and Eve. Hugh is in love with Eve but won't confess his love for fear of being spurned. When Eve reveals that she's black, not white, they happily end up together.
  • The Wedding, a 1998 Oprah Winfrey presented movie, also features a wealthy black (well, mixed) family on Martha's vineyard strongly objecting to their daughter marrying a white man, especially since he's a struggling musician.
  • An extreme example in Where Hands Touch, which features a white German Hitler Youth member falling in love with a biracial German girl during World War II. Given Nazi laws, they must keep their relationship a secret, and the former is murdered.
  • Inverted in White Man's Burden. In the race-flipped society, Thaddeus' wife shows obvious discomfort when her son brings home a white date.

  • Earth's Children: Initially, the Aterian people - who are predominantly black and implied to live in Northern Africa - didn't care about European Wymez settling down and having a child with one of their women, and welcomed him into community. Sadly, this didn't last, due to white tribes who had moved to the area competing with the Aterians for land and resources. Despite Wymez trying to help resolve things diplomatically, assholes on both sides kept provoking each other and pushing for violence. Many Aterians began to distrust even Wymez and made him and his family unwelcome; fearing for their safety, Wymez and his mate decided it was better to leave before things got worse.
  • Referenced in beginning of the God Inc series by Jack Chalker. The protagonists are a white man and black woman married couple, and discusses some of the problems they had finding anyone to socialize with. Quickly becomes a moot point in the stories, although not necessarily for the reasons you'd expect from a Jack Chalker story.
  • Noughts & Crosses is set in an alternate universe where whites rather than blacks are treated as second class citizens. So when best friends Sephy (black) and Callum (white) fall in love, Sephy's wealthy black friends treat her with derision and Callum's poor, white family think he's selling out. Just to make things more difficult for them, there's also an Uptown Girl element as Sephy comes from an exceedingly rich, well-connected family whose Callum's mother initially worked for. Their relationship eventually results in Callum's death.
  • In one of the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry novels, the protagonist (a young black girl) gets a little bit of Ship Tease with a white boy in town, culminating in the boy giving her a picture. The girl's father flips out and destroys the picture when he finds it, telling her it will put the whole family in danger if anyone finds out. Sadly, this happened to be true, given that the novels were set in the South during Jim Crow.
  • In a Sweet Valley High book "Are We In Love?", the twins' older brother Steven begins dating a black girl. Sure enough, this results in several characters being revealed as racist jerks, given their negative reaction. Adding to the drama, despite genuinely liking each other, both Steve and the girl suffer from the nagging feeling that they have little in common and equally little chemistry and wonder if they're simply continuing to date to prove all the naysayers wrong. They amicably break up at the end of the book.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Dolphus Raymond is a white man who has children with a black woman - although he has to pretend to be the town drunk so that the town can deal with it. Note that, as the trope description says, a white man fathering children with a black woman was unremarkable (although this was less the case as slavery shrank further into the past and near-total segregation of the races became the ideal scenario as far as genteel white society was concerned). What the other white residents couldn't forgive him for was actually acknowledging his children and living with his family in the black part of town.
  • Detective Andrews ends up with this dynamic with Rosalie in White Lightning since he's successful at passing for white after years of practice at it. When her family learns he's half-Korean and he's built his reputation and friendships on a 'bedrock of lies', they go from telling her she shouldn't be with a white man to telling her she shouldn't be with a liar of that caliber, which he himself admits is 'much sturdier ground to stand on' when they next voice their objections. Bearing in mind that it was the Roaring Twenties, Andrews encounters this from his colleagues when word gets around the precinct he's dating 'downwards'. Since they think he's white, he views their reactions as a way to gauge their possible reactions if they knew about his mixed ancestry.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Contrary to accepted wisdom, the very first onscreen TV kiss between a black woman and a white man happened in British hospital soap opera Emergency Ward Ten in 1964, between Dr. Louise Mahler (Joan Dooley) and Giles Farmer (John White).note  Dr. Mahler was, for the time, an extremely strong central role for a black actress. But British audience reactions to her having a relationship with a white co-star were hostile and she was written out of the show.
  • The only interracial married couple to compete on the American version of The Amazing Race note  was a white man/black woman couple, Brian and Erica of season 15. They said part of the reason they did the show was to prove to their still somewhat skeptical families (her mom in particular) that they were truly in love and committed to making their marriage work.
  • Alma and Kit from American Horror Story: Asylum are forced to hide their relationship for fear of retribution from the neighbors. The show takes place in 1964, of course.
  • A subplot in two separate episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 where Brandon dated a black girl. The first was the daughter of a black family who had recently moved to the neighborhood, resulting in some snide comments from several people—even Kelly needled him about how "hip" he was being. The second was a girl he met during a road trip with buddy Steve, resulting in some very negative reactions from her ex and his friends, as well as some stereotypical rednecks.
  • On Blackish, the episode "Andre from Marseille" has Zoey dating a white French exchange student (also named Andre) that Dre disapproves of. Then he breaks up with her, at which point Dre assumes that Andre is racist and enlists Junior to find out information about him, only to find out that the "Becky" that Andre left Zoey for is in fact another black girl.
    • The mother of the Johnson family, Rainbow, is the daughter of one such couple. Her parents are a pair of hippies who were active in the 1960s Civil Rights movements. They get explored more in the prequel series mixed•ish.
  • On Blossom, a waiter makes a snide comment to Tony and his wife Shelly when they're out to dinner. Later, he sadly notes, "He broke the spell.", indicating that they hadn't had to deal with this yet. She on the other hand, is more cynical, stating that she knew it would happen eventually and that people probably have said nasty things, just not to their faces.
  • This is the entire premise of BOB ❤️ ABISHOLA. At first, all of Abishola's friends and family are in favor of a relationship due to Bob being a wealthy businessman and Abishola supposedly not having a better option. However, once Abishola is introduced to Chukwuemeka, the son of her aunt's friend (who is younger, better looking and Nigerian) everyone changes their mind about Bob except Abishola's uncle. Bob's family have their reservations, but ultimately approve of him pursuing an African woman, even if his mother is fond of spouting casual racism. The couple also get quite a few looks on their first official date, which results in much trolling on their part.
  • Dear White People: Sam is secretly having sex with a white guy, Gabe, at the beginning of the series. After she's outed, this doesn't go down well with her friends, especially since she wrote an article against "dating the oppressor", making her come across like a huge hypocrite. Gabe receives a less than warm welcome when she brings him to TV night with the black students.
  • In A Different World, Kim briefly dates Freddie's (white) cousin Matthew. Kim has no problem being with him, she just doesn't want to be judged by her classmates at her all-black school so she avoids being affectionate with him in public. Matthew points out that they're going to get looks regardless of where they are or what they do so they should just focus on being together and not worry about what other people think.
  • On one episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Robert is assumed to be dating his black coworker Judy. When he brings her home to meet his parents, his mother Marie is speechless, especially when he starts acting Pretty Fly for a White Guy. Ultimately, it's subverted - Robert and Judy were Just Friends, and Judy calls Robert out on his "white rapper" act being annoying.
  • The entire point of The Feast of All Saints, though in this case most of the women had white ancestry as well.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will's aunt marries a "tall" man in a Very Special Episode. Most of the family is surprised, but don't know quite how to approach the issue; Will's mother is directly against it. This was the reason why Will's aunt didn't mention his skin color before. Although, the black cab driver whom the family first assumed was the fiancé didn't seem bothered by it at all (he thought the family was gonna give him his own girl).
  • On Glee, Mercedes and Sam date, and there is one episode with some drama. Mercedes isn't sure if she is ready to deal with the backlash of having a white boyfriend (especially since she's becoming more and more famous), and Sam doesn't understand the complexities of racial issues, which leads him to saying some mildly offensive things entirely by accident (and it's mostly endearing because he's not too bright). They work through it in the end and decide they'll face any backlash together.
  • On an episode of The Golden Girls, Dorothy's son announced his surprise engagement to a black woman, who also happened to be much older. A lot of comedy was mined from Discriminate and Switch - it at first appeared Dorothy might take issue with the interracial aspect, but she was upset at the age difference. Dorothy assumed the fiancée's family would have a similar problem with the age difference, but nope, they were more upset their daughter's fiancé was white.
  • In House, an interracial couple faced opposition from the (white) male's father and they interpreted this as the dad being a racist jerk. He was, sort of; just not in the way they thought. He didn't want him to date this particular black girl. House deduces that they share a rare genetic illness, meaning that they're actually half-siblings, resulting from an affair the father had with the woman's mother. It's implied that the relationship doesn't survive this revelation.
  • Reenacted on I Married A Mobster, where despite no previous attraction to White men, Dion falls for Italian-American Angelo Nicosia, who's a mob hitman and married, with the latter case obviously being the bigger issue. After his divorce, they marry and initially live a good life with a daughter until he's caught, leaving them in debt, but they stay together and she still waits for him to come out of jail as a reformed man.
  • In the Heat of the Night: City Councilwoman Harriet DeLong (black) and Chief Bill Gillespie (white) date and eventually marry in season 6. Of course, this being small-town Mississippi less than thirty years after Jim Crow, their union brings a lot of disapproval, drama, and death threats.
  • The Jeffersons. The Willises get no end of derision from George, who calls their daughter a "zebra."
  • The MTV telefilm Love Song starring singer Monica combines this and the Uptown Girl trope.
  • Mad Men: When Lane Pryce introduces his father to Toni, the black Playboy bunny he's dating, the old man is civil enough to her but beats Lane into submission as soon as she leaves.
  • In the Masterpiece Mini Series The Long Song, the white overseer of a Jamaican sugar cane plantation falls in Love at First Sight with the white mistress' maid. However, after several years of genuine bliss—during which he even declares "You are my true wife", he does a complete Face–Heel Turn following a slave rebellion, ultimately not only returning to his white wife, but kidnapping their child when they decide to return to England.
  • In a Very Special Episode of Moesha titled "Reunion," Moesha meets up with an old white friend (played by Andrew Keegan) and they really hit it off. Her father has a problem with the potential relationship and Moesha is accused of being "too good for the hood." In the end, they decide not to get together.
  • Liberty and Ray-Ray on My Name Is Earl. They seem to be inspired by Joy and Darnell, which makes sense considering that Liberty is Joy's half-sister, due to their father's philandering with black women.
  • New Amsterdam (2008): The immortal protagonist John Amsterdam had a relationship with a black woman in the 1940s and impregnated her. Due to the racial segregation of the period, they tried to keep it a secret until her father takes her back home, berating John for becoming involved with a woman he couldn't publicly provide for. After fighting in World War II, John returned to take care of her after she's delivered their son, who later grew up and keeps his father's immortality a secret while helping him figure out a way to lift his immortality curse.
  • Noughts & Crosses: In an alternate history where Africa colonized Britain instead of the other way around, Sephy and Callum can't even be together publicly, since interracial relationships are still illegal. Although their mothers don't appear to disapprove, this is utterly taboo to Sephy's father. The two run off together after Sephy gets pregnant despite what anyone else thinks.
  • Nova and Calvin from Queen Sugar. She's a black journalist investigating bias in the local police department and he's a white married cop working for that very department. Their relationship is a secret due to the scandal it would cause. When they finally do go out together in public, they're assaulted by a white man who's angry about Nova's work and thinks Calvin is a traitor for dating her.
  • Saturday Night Live: One sketch in the Eddie Murphy-hosted Season 45 episode involved a Christmas dinner where Murphy's black patriarch welcomes his daughter's white fiance to the family...before a flashback reveals their engagement was met with screaming on both sides because the parents didn't like that he was white.
    Daughter: You guys are being so racist!
    Mother: Damn right we are!
  • Scandal: Discussed by several different characters regarding Olivia and President Fitzgerald's relationship, but ultimately averted. Olivia at one point likens herself to Sally Hemmings during a particularly heated confrontation between the two and Fitz rightfully asserts that she is not a victim with no agency here; she's as willing a participant in their affair as he is. There are a million other reasons other than Olivia or Fitz's race, not least of which being Fitz is the married, sitting president, that other characters disapprove of and outright try to stop them from being together, publicly or in private.
  • In Soap Danny begins dating Polly and both families accept the relationship but Danny becomes extremely paranoid that everybody is judging them when nobody is.
  • In one episode of the hidden camera show What Would You Do?, two actors pose as a white male/black female couple in a bar. A black couple, also actors, come up to them and criticize their relationship, accusing the black woman of being insecure for dating a white man. The onlookers are not amused.
  • Not exactly a "lust," but in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati Venus is interviewed by a reporter from a black magazine, who it turns out is white (and played by Tim Reid's former comedy partner Tom Dreeson). They commiserate over being the only person of X color in an otherwise all-Y company, including wanting to ask out some female coworkers but being gun-shy because of how the women might react due to their race.
  • The main plot of Brazilian soap opera Xica da Silva was the affair between the white Governor of the region and the titular slave girl. Even more scandalous because the guy broke up with his white fiancée to stay steady with Xica (the only thing he could do, as even when he could free her, interracial marriage was forbidden at the time). All of this is allegedly based on a true story.
  • Soap Opera Examples:
    • During the '80s, General Hospital had Tom and Simone. Her mother disapproved.
      • Ten years later, Keesha Ward and Jason Quartermaine. Their respective grandparents disapproved. His because of the frequent clashes that the two families had had over the years, hers because she feared that his family would eventually put their collective foot down and forbid Jason from seeing her. This never happened and both families warmed up to and accepted the relationship once they realized that each was a lovely person that anyone would want to be part of their family.
      • And ten years after that, Nikolas Cassadine and Gia Campbell. His uncle Stefan disapproved, though he swore that it was not Gia's race that was the problem, but rather the fact that she was not a member of the aristocracy, an absolute must for a potential bride of Nikolas.
    • All My Children's Tom and Livia dealt with this. While most of their problems were typical soap problems, they seemed to be exacerbated by the racial difference—when Livia's son's father resurfaced, Tom feared she would end their relationship, not just to rekindle an old romance, but because she might prefer to be with a black man.
    • As the World Turns's Jessica and Duncan. Shockingly, it was one of the town's most beloved citizens, Lisa, who had a problem with it. They eventually married and had a daughter, who herself played this out when she grew up.
    • Passions's Julian and Eve, who could possibly be considered one of the show's super couples. Dialogue makes it quite clear that their racial difference is why his father forced them apart.
    • One Life to Live's Kevin and Rachel. Her father pretty much hated Kevin and the idea of them dating and gave them grief the entire time (quite hypocritical considering that his ex-wife, Rachel's mother, was white).

  • Fefe Dobson's "Take Me Away" is arguably about an interracial relationship between herself and a white man, and the negative attitudes that the couple receives from others.
  • En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" dismisses this trope - "I might date another race or color / It doesn't mean I don't like my strong black brothers!"
  • The music video to Alicia Keys' "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" uses this trope in various eras, from the 1950s to 2000s.
  • The first verse of Public Enemy's "Pollywannacracka" from Fear of a Black Planet deals with the backlash that a black woman gets for dating a white man.
  • The 70's pop song ''Brother Louie'' sung by, among others, Stories, a song about a white guy bringing his black girlfriend home to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And yet it's the black family that ends up being the most evil about it...
  • The Ramones' "The KKK Took My Baby Away" is about the time Joey dated a Black woman, which his parents disapproved of, and how, when they split up, he said that "the KKK took my baby away."
  • Cree Summer's song Curious White Boy examines how white men sometimes sexually objectify black women, giving historical instances of this.
  • Elle Varner's "I Don't Care" music video depicts 3 couples like this.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The pairing of "Dirty" Dick Slater and Dark Journey in Mid-South Wrestling drew a lot of heat based on this, in addition to the heat they drew simply by being effective Heels. African-American wrestler "Hacksaw" Butch Reed even once asked Dark Journey why she wasn't with someone of her "own kind." DJ turned Face and built a loose stable of African-American wrestler Iceman King Parsons, the Mexican-American Chavo Guerrero Sr. and The Missing Link, a face-painted Wrestling Monster from Parts Unknown, who were more politically acceptable.

  • The whole storyline of the musical Memphis revolves around a white man falling in love with a black singer. Being set in a period racial segregation, this is played for drama.
  • The Dion Boucicault play The Octoroon explores the challenges an interracial couple encounter in the pre-Civil War American south.
  • Invoked by Patrick Stewart, who played Othello as a white man with the rest of the cast being black.
  • Show Boat. A white man is married to a mixed-race woman who is considered black by the "one drop rule," so he pricks her with a pin and swallows a drop of her blood, making him black too by that standard.

    Video Games 
  • In the first level of BioShock Infinite, you witness a black woman and white man being led onto a stage to be publicly stoned. Their crime? Being romantically involved. Luckily, if you attempt to throw the baseball at Fink, and you defeat the guards around the stage once you are revealed to be the "False Shepard", they will be spared. They appear at a later level to thank the protagonist for his heroism. Attempting to throw the ball at the couple, however, will have Fink's assistant at the later level thank you instead, leaving the couple's fate unknown.
  • Downplayed in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as Cesar Vialpando is Hispanic, but his relationship with Kendl Johnson has shade of this : both her brothers (but mostly Sweet) aren't too thrilled about it and the fact that Cesar is the leader of a rival gang certainly doesn't help. Ultimately subverted after CJ meets Cesar in person, the two of them becoming good friends and CJ fully supporting Cesar's decision to propose to Kendl near the end of the game.
  • Invoked in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus: when you first reach the headquarters of the American Resistance in New York, Super Spesh, the only present white man, notes that only black people and "deviants" still fight the Nazi rule of America. Whilst the player is initially set up to believe that Super Spesh is gay, it is then revealed that his "deviancy" is loving Sassy Black Woman Grace Walker and fathering their mixed-race daughter, Abby.
    • This is also invoked in the flashbacks to BJ's childhood, where his Archnemesis Dad goes ballistic at the idea of young William "being sweet" on a black girl, and it is indicated that the two had been caught kissing.

  • Ciem Webcomic Series: The expanded universe reveals three generations of this occurring.
  • Ophelia Banksly and Simon Emmett in the City Noir webcomic Riverside Extras. Since they're on opposing sides of a gang war, their relationship isn't exactly healthy, but Simon is actually a pretty good partner as far as racism is concerned. Ophelia is the only black woman in her all-female but majority-white gang the Roses, and even her white friends can be a little clueless. It's implied that Simon's wisdom is hard-won from knowing his brother abusing Ophelia in the past and doing nothing. Meanwhile, associates of Simon's all-male gang The Ink vary between fetishizing Ophelia and thinking Simon is a "race traitor."

     Web Original 
  • Played for Laughs in episode 7 of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. When J and White Jay walk into a restaurant all of the customers stare at them with a look of disapproval, including a black man and white girl couple.
    • In "The Friends", a random person at Jay's Class Reunion calls J a murderer... of black love that is.
  • Whateley Universe: The Tigers, or at least N'Dizi, gives Chaka and Vox some drama as said in A Fistful of Chaka. Both girls are dating white boys:
    [Chaka] needs a firm guiding hand. I mean, will you check out the silly-ass nigga-shit she is always pulling? She hangs with a white crew, she dates a white boy, and the only black folks she deals with are oreos and sellouts like Vox.”

     Western Animation 
  • Played with in Archer, where most of the racial tension getting in the way of Sterling's relationship with Lana comes from his own tendency to say ignorant and insensitive things. It's also occasionally implied that Sterling's mother, Malory, who is repeatedly shown to be both somewhat prejudiced and uncomfortably possessive of her son, may not approve of their match.
    Malory: Because I don't want Sterling to end up with a woman like Lana Kane? My god, a black [pause] ops field agent!
    Pam: Thought she was going in a whole other direction with that.
  • In the X-Men: The Animated Series episodes based on The Age of Apocalypse, Wolverine and Storm are a couple in the alternate timeline. When they travel back to the 50's, they face persecution over their relationship. Coming from a future where all discrimination is based on whether a person is human or mutant, they find discrimination based on simple race to be ridiculous.


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This Is Scandalous!

Vince McMahon makes a skit parodying and mocking a controversial ad for having a white woman seducing a black man.

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