Little Girl: No thank you, I take it black. Like my men.
Just like European men and east 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 (not more than other types of interracial relationships, anyway), there are still some parts — e.g. South Africa, parts of Europe and the USA (especially the south) — where black-white ethnic relations are troubled and this trope actually comes into play. In Real Life, black man/white woman couples are somewhat 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 consequence 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, was seen as "corrupting" the white race and could result in a cruel and unusual murder for the (African) slave and the public shaming (and possible rape/death) of the free woman, albeit most of the time, the white woman may claim to have been raped by her lover in order to avoid the humiliation, or worse, the responsibility. Perhaps having accused him maliciously for a perceived slight or just plain hatred. Even in the absence of hatred, any white woman could simply wave hi to a black teenager and be accused by her fellow countrymen (And women) of being in a relationship with a him (Or god forbid, having a child with him) to destroy her reputation. What self respecting pure-blooded white woman would give them the time of day after all?
As a result, the laws of the time deemed a black man and white woman engaging in consensual sex (or even sharing space) as equal to rape and led to the deaths of many innocent black men, and the character assassinations of innocent white women. When slavery gave way to Jim Crow and Apartheid, this bias remained - the chief difference being that before Apartheid and Jim Crow era, a white woman-black man couple would be lynched or slandered by the authorities, whereas during, they would instead be lynched/slandered by family/friends/neighbors whom the authorities couldn't be bothered to prosecute for murder. That’s assuming the man in question wasn’t already hung for, God forbid, being attracted to her.
While less common and no longer illegal (Technically), hatred for these pairings is still Truth in Television. Due to the extensive history between blacks and whites described above, bias still exists toward black man & white women pairings. And people today have lost their lives or dignity over choosing someone who isn’t of their race. But given that any real-life example would be subjective and might even cause a flame war, all you need to know about this trope's impact in real life has been described above.
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.
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.
- Some controversy was aimed at a Cheerios ad that featured the cute daughter of an interracial couple.
- In a 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.
- 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.
- In The Boondocks, there's an interracial married couple, Tom and Sarah DuBois, who struggle with this issue, with both at one point admitting to each other than they'd never dated anyone outside the other's race. Also see the Western Animation example below.
- 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.
- Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have gotten guff several times over being a biracial couple.
- The Pulse:
- During the Red Skies Crossover with Secret War, a black nurse complains to Jones about the latter's relationship with Cage, suggesting she's seduced him away from black women as if they have a greater right to him.
- Cage himself brings up that they're probably going to continue to catch crap over it while asking Jessica to marry him following the birth of their daughter.
- Shadowland: Cage gets accused of selling out, partly over his marriage to Jessica, by the new Power Man, Victor Alvarez. Considering Luke's understandably volcanic temper, it is probably quite fortunate for Victor that a) he didn't get to finish his sentence, b) walked it back and apologised immediately.
- The Pulse:
- Heavily downplayed in W.I.T.C.H.: Cornelia may be in a relationship with a black guy, but the only one who ever gave her flak for this is her grandmother.
- A subplot in the Blair Witch-style film Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County: a family gets together for Thanksgiving, and Kurt freaks out when his sister brings home her black boyfriend for dinner. Then they all get abducted by aliens.
- A deleted scene in American History X features an interracial couple being harassed by two of the bad guys (a Neo-Nazi figurehead and one of his dimwitted supporters). The black guy manages to keep his cool and delivers insults that actually sting the villains.
- Grace and Warbucks in the Annie (2014).
- While not the Ur-Example, one of the earliest trope codifiers for films of this trope is The Birth of a Nation (aka The Clansman), a controversial but influential 1915 film in which the Ku Klux Klan is founded in large part because the white men need to defend the honor of their women, who are being taken away to be raped by Always Chaotic Evil black men. The controversy and influence are due to two different things: the controversy due to the extremely vile racism and the influence due to the style of the movie, which set a few trends in motion.
- Blazing Saddles is the Trope Namer, with the name taken from a line dropped in a shenanigan Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid pull to get the attention of a kouple of Klan members. Bart has a fling with burlesque performer Lili von Shtupp—and judging by her dialogue when the lights are out, her attraction is at least partly due to his race.
"Tell me, schatze, is it twue what they say about the way you people are... gifted? [zzzzzip] Oh, it's twue. It's twue. It's twue, it's twue!"note
- The Blind Side: A drug dealer makes sexual comments suggesting he thinks this way about Leigh Anne and Collins, setting off Michael's Berserk Button. Also, Leigh Anne's snobbish salad luncheon friends warn Leigh Anne of this.
- Bones (2001): Jeremiah and Eddie, both of whom have sold out the black community, are romantically involved with white women.
- Mitch Mullany's "The Breaks" includes a scene reminiscent of I'm Gonna Git You Sucka when the main character, Derrick, attends a spoken word performance. After a dreadlocked black man recites an angry Afrocentric poem, the hostess says, "Thank you very much, Stokely Ungawa, and your lovely wife, Betsy..." at which point the camera cuts to the same poet, embracing a very WASPy-looking blonde.
- Exaggerated in the romantic comedy The Brothers. Bill Bellamy's character only dates white women after a nasty turn with a black ex, since he sees them as timid and docile. It doesn't help that the black women in his subplot (his mother and ex) are both racist, ball-busting harpies. The white girl comes across as ironically sensible; she defends herself against his ex and calls Bellamy out on his bullshit when he chides her for being "no different" after the two ladies fight.
- The horror film Candyman has the titular villain's origin be that he was murdered by a ruthless mob for his sleeping with a wealthy white man's daughter.
- Forrest Whitaker in The Crying Game with Miranda Richardson's character Jude. Then there's his erstwhile lover Dil, who's more...unclear (she was portrayed by the biracial Jaye Davidson), but in her case, the color of her skin is only the tip of the iceberg.
- Purposefully averted in The Deal, where the studio vetoes love scenes between the characters played by Fiona and Bobby because it still makes some people in the audience uncomfortable.
- Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood: Parodied several times.
- One of the characters appears to be making a play at an attractive black woman, who seems receptive to his advances. However, it turns out he's actually talking to a white woman behind her, who is... rather unattractive. He defends himself to his friend by implying that it's revenge on white people for centuries of slavery and injustice.
- And then, during the climax of the film, various characters are dodging bullets during a drive-by shooting and one of the protagonists notices that a black woman is directly in the line of fire. He jumps, apparently in an effort to save her - but then we see that he actually jumped to save a blonde white woman who showed up out of nowhere for no other reason than Rule of Funny. He shoves the white girl to the ground, saving her from being shot, after which she gratefully calls him her "chocolate warrior."
- In Far from Heaven, a lonely woman falls in love with her African-American gardener, sparking immense gossip when the two are seen together—her husband hypocritically blasts her for the scandal she's brought on their family, conveniently overlooking his repressed homosexuality (the movie is set in the 1950s, when both things would have been extremely controversial). The fling is over before it can even begin, thanks to both of them being aware of the disastrous ramifications.
- Flight, with Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly.
- Get Out (2017) featured a horror-movie take on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. As it turns out, the black boyfriend has every reason to be nervous about meeting his fiancée's parents for the first time as they use hypnotism and brain transplanting to enslave their victims. His fiancée is in on the whole thing. Chris even found a box filled with photos that are evidence she has managed to win over nine African-American hearts (one of them also female).
- The 1968 British-French film The Girl on a Motorcycle (AKA Naked Under Leather). At the French/German border a smiling black customs officer makes a point of taking the title character aside and patting her down in an intimate fashion. When she has to go through the same customs station later on in the movie she comments, "That black man had better not try touching me up again" only to be disappointed when she sees the customs officer is an elderly white guy.
- The 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier, about a young white woman surprising her family and friends by becoming engaged to a black man. The movie was one of the first films to touch on the subject of interracial marriage seriously. All anti-interracial marriage laws were deemed unconstitutional only six months to the day that this movie came out. In a surprise bit of Values Dissonance, there's another reason to object to the marriage: Poitier's character is at least fifteen years older than Hepburn's daughter, plus they've only met several weeks earlier. The writers intentionally made Poitier's character as perfect as possible so that there would be no reason for anyone to object to the marriage other than the racial difference, as well as the other two mentioned.
- The 2005 remake Guess Who gender- and race-flipped this, being about an African-American woman who brings her white fiancé to meet her parents.
- Hancock: Hancock and Mary have been together for centuries in a mixed marriage. In fact, Hancock's amnesia is a result of being assaulted by bigots because he was with a white woman in pre-Civil Rights era Florida. Mary notes an even earlier 1800s incident that involved their home being torched, likely for the same reason.
- Deliberately averted in Hitch. Originally, Cameron Diaz was supposed to play Hitch's love interest. However, when Will Smith got the role, they decided that this trope might come out to play. However, they also didn't want to cast a black actress for fear that the movie would be interpreted as saying that romantic pairings need to be intra-ethnic or that people would assume that it was a black movie. They finally decided on Cuban-American Eva Mendes (who has been cast because of this racial gray-area more than once.)
- An early example is Harry Belafonte and Joan Fontaine in the 1957 film Island in the Sun. Unsurprising for the time, they don't end up together.
- In Just Mercy, Jamie Foxx plays Johnny D., a black man from Alabama, who is accused of murdering a white woman. The evidence against him is transparently flimsy, and it quickly becomes clear that the sheriff really just wants to punish him for an earlier affair he had with a different white woman. The movie is based on a true story from 1989.
- Comes up again with Johnny D.'s legal defense team, headed by Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). Eva gets a lot of threatening letters from racist townsfolk, many of which assume she's cheating on her husband with Bryan. There's never really any hint of any romantic or sexual interest between them, though, and Bryan even comes across as a Chaste Hero. The Real Life Bryan Stevenson remains unmarried.
- The Last Seduction: Initially defied by Harlan when Bridget tries to seduce him by asking him about his penis, and if "the rumors" are true. He blows her off at first, commenting that white women are too skinny in the hips department. She does manage to eventually get a rise out of him, which she then uses to permanently dispose of him.
- Live and Let Die The black villain Kanaga is enraged that Bond has seduced his mistress Solitaire, outright stating that he was to be the one to take her virginity. The racial difference adds some serious unfortunate implications to the typical "Bond rescues the Damsel in Distress" situation.
- The infamous 1975 Blaxploitation movie Mandingo, which is about a horny slaveowner's wife (named Blanche, FFS) seducing a Scary Black Man on the plantation, and blackmails him into sex. It ends with a Mulatto baby being born and the white owner murdering his wife, his slave, and the baby in revenge, even though he himself is secretly seeing a Black female slave.
- The sequel to Mandingo, Drum, takes the trope even further. The title character Drum is a Mulatto man born to a White prostitute and a Black slave, who later takes a Black woman as a lesbian lover. Drum himself meanwhile is sexually harassed by a gay Frenchman, who vows revenge for being rejected. Meanwhile, the horny daughter of the previous film's plantation owner also attempts to blackmail Drum and other Black slaves into sex. All of this led to a slave rebellion at the plantation.
- Played for Laughs by the filmmakers to the point of Boomerang Bigot-ry in Marci X starring Lisa Kudrow.
- In National Security, Martin Lawrence's character Earl hits on a white woman not long after telling Hank that he does not approve of interracial relationships (Hank's ex is a black woman who left him after he supposedly assaulted Earl at the start of the film). When Hank calls him out on this, Earl clarifies that he only disapproves of relationships when the man is white.
- "O", the 2001 Setting Update of William Shakespeare's Othello, stars Mekhi Pfifer and Julia Stiles, who was also in Save the Last Dance. The fact that he ends up raping her would probably push it into Unfortunate Implications territory if it wasn't true to the original Shakespeare and for reasons mostly unrelated to race.
- Pain & Gain: Adrian marries a white nurse, who eventually divorced him.
- Another Poitier film, A Patch of Blue, has his character befriending and then falling in love with a blind white teenager.
- Remember the Titans: When segregation is lifted and the black students arrive at a previously all-white high school, one of the black male characters eyes his new white female classmates and comments that "They sure do have pretty women around here."
- One of the better chick flicks Save the Last Dance is about a young white girl moving to the inner city and falling in love with a black youth with a bright future. A black female character criticizes her for this and says she hates how white girls always snatch up the good black men, leaving black girls with the black men that are criminals and gang members.
- Dance Flick parodies Save the Last Dance, including the interracial romance subplot. But, it's also deconstructed, and the movie declares this a Discredited Trope. The female lead, Megan White, at one point, believes her black boyfriend Thomas is cheating on her. Thomas's stereotypically-ghetto sister says that she isn't surprised because white women are out of style with Black men these days and other ethnicities such as Hispanic, Asian, and Arabian women, have appeared as competition.
- The chaste romance between Johnny (black) and Pat (white) in Pool of London is fraught with tension and attracts more than a few racist comments on the streets of 1951 London.note
- The Black drug dealer in Requiem for a Dream talks Jennifer Connelly into paying for her drugs with sexual favors and admits he has a thing for white women. Then again, it is Jennifer Connelly.
- Inverted with the 2004 TV movie Reversible Errors: a character (who's white) explains why his nephew is clearly mixed race of partial black ancestry by saying his sister "had a taste for dark meat."
- In Scary Movie, Cindy tries to gain safety from a serial killer by having people come over to her house that evening. This causes her black friend Shorty to shout out to the entire school cafeteria:
"Party at Cindy's house! Drunk white women for everybody!"
- Trent in Shock Corridor, the self-proclaimed black Klansman, mentions this twice in his hate speeches.
- Yet another of Poitier's movies, To Sir, with Love, has a biracial student who hates his black father for marrying his white mother, as he considers it the worst thing he could have done to her (The town is shown to be pretty racist, to the point where the class of white students Poitier's character teaches don't want to personally enter the house to deliver a memorial wreath when the mother dies, since a white person going into a black man's house would create immense gossip.). Poitier himself seems to have feelings for a fellow (white) teacher, but the racial aspect of their relationship is downplayed (an inversion of Relationship Upgrade, as in Real Life, they soon began dating and eventually married). Subverted with Pamela Dare's attempt to win his affections, as he has no romantic feelings for her but instead cares for her as a friend and student.
- This is played for laughs in Undercover Brother. Sistah Girl informs the team that the Undercover Brother has slept with Penelope Snow, AKA White She-Devil, aka Black Man's Kryptonite. Conspiracy Brother asks "Was it everything I dreamed of?" and "She had pink nipples, didn't she?" and Da Chief asks "Carpet match the drapes?" However, having sex with him eventually turns her over to their side since she rather enjoyed the encounter. Lance (the only white guy there) was doing it, too.
- A United Kingdom, depicting the Real Life love story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana and his wife, Londoner Ruth Willams.
- In Waiting to Exhale, Bernadine's husband's mistress is a white woman and that is part of the reason why Bernadine is so upset with him.
- A Wedding (1978): One of Dino's aunts is in love with her mother's African-American butler. As soon as her mother (who forbade their relationship) dies, she wants to marry him, but he displays concern about the backlash from Southern society.
- In White Chicks, the main characters are black men disguised as white chicks, and one of them is romantically pursued by another black man. When he finds out the truth, he rants about how he was deceived into dating someone who isn't white, apparently not even caring that he was attracted to another man.
- Unrelated, but one of the characters actually yells, "Where da white women at?" at one point in the film.
- Terry Crews's character is actually attracted to one of them because, as he described "her", it's a "white woman with a black woman's ass."
- Spike Lee
- The main couple in Jungle Fever, a black man and a white woman, face discrimination and resentment from almost everyone, especially family members. Unfortunate Implications also come into play, since the man was already married and cheated on his wife.
- Also covered extensively in Malcolm X. Malcolm is required to give up white women as a stipulation of his religion; before his conversion, he'd dated several.
- Quentin Tarantino is probably one of the only mainstream filmmakers that frequently feature interracial couples. Sometimes it's a Discussed Trope, but often it's just there without any attention being drawn to it. For examples of this particular trope:
- Inglourious Basterds has Shoshanna in a relationship with Marcel. Living in Nazi-occupied France, they have to keep it a secret, with Shoshanna telling everyone that he is merely her employee.
- Jackie Brown:
- Pulp Fiction:
- Marcellus & Mia Wallace appear to be happily married.
- Jimmy's wife Bonnie (despite only being seen for a matter of seconds in an Imagine Spot) is black.
- Reservoir Dogs: Mr. White mentions a previous relationship with a younger black girl.
- Older Than Print: The Framing Device of 1001 Arabian Nights includes this with Persian women, 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.
- 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.
- In Gone with the Wind, a former neighbor of Scarlett's must flee from Georgia to Texas after killing the former slave who made advances to his sister-in-law and the white man who planted the idea in his head. He warns Scarlett that black men in Atlanta are being told the same thing and she suddenly realizes that this is why her husband has asked her not go out late nor ride through dangerous parts of town. Indeed, she is eventually attacked by a black man and his white trash companion.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. He then accidentally kills her when he smothers her with a pillow when the blind mother walks in — because he knows he will 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Played for seriously black humour in Tom Sharpe's farces of South Africa in The Apartheid Era. Riotous Assembly begins with the horror evinced by Kommondant van Heerden of the Piemburg Police Force, when he realises the pillar of respectable white society, Lady Hazelstone, murdered her black cook when he refused to continue having sex with her. It becomes not only a murder case but confronts the unspeakable horror of a white woman actually wanting to have sex with a Zulu. Indecent Exposure sees the lunatic racist Liutnant Verkramp, placed in charge of the police, deciding to use aversion therapy to deter his policemen from raping black women note . Note Verkramp's priority is not the rape, but the fact white policemen are raping black women - a bigger crime in the Apartheid era. The Nazi-refugee Dr von Blimenstein enthusiastically assists with the therapy. In her day job as psychiatrist, she deals with the sexually repressed neuroses and paranoia of white South African women, that one day the blacks will rise and rape every white woman they can, and, well, the blecks are so big, aren't they? She clinically calls this "blackcock fever." She also dealt with a case where a zookeeper with an inferiority complex chose to measure his erection against the length of a poisonous Black Mamba. This did not end well.
- Author Cassie Edwards wrote over 100 bodice ripper romance novels, particularly the Savage series, all of which feature a white woman hooking up with a Native American man. And while she's the most prominent example, she's not the only author to employ this scenario.
- Sherlock Holmes: In "The Adventure of the Yellow Face", it is revealed that Effie Munro, the wife of Holmes' client Grant, was previously married to a black man named John Hebron, and had a child with him. She fears the negative consequences, both from her husband and society as a whole, if the child is discovered and word gets out, but fortunately her husband proves very open minded about it and assures her they will find a way to make it work.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- When Angelus is locked in a cell in the basement, he greets Gunn and Fred with "Othello and Desdemona!'
- "... No, wait. Desdemona wasn't in love with the other guy."
- Gwen says "Hey, Denzel!" when she first meets Gunn. He's later her first sexual partner.
- When Angelus is locked in a cell in the basement, he greets Gunn and Fred with "Othello and Desdemona!'
- Blackish had Bow hating Junior's white girlfriend, despite herself being mixed. Bow then realizes that this really has to do with her own identity crisis about being mixed race.
- In the "Racial Draft" sketch on Chappelle's Show, after Tiger Woods — who is a quarter black, a quarter white, and half Asian (specifically a quarter Thai and a quarter Chinese) — has been drafted by the black delegation and is now officially 100% black, the commentator played by Dave says the following:
Commentator: He's been discriminated against in his time, he's had death threats, and he dates a white woman. Sounds like a black guy to me.
- 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.
- A Native American example in the Mini Series Children Of The Dust, where the Native American boy taken in and raised by a white family falls in love with the daughter. Her father is not pleased, but not because of racism, as he loves the boy as if he was his own son, but because he knows that society (mid-1800's Middle America) will never accept it. Indeed, the series concludes with the young man's death, but not without leaving her pregnant with their 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.
- On Dear White People, most of the women that Troy and later Reggie have Pity Sex with are white.
- A Different World's Colonel Taylor's ex-wife is white (we never see her, but it's revealed through dialogue). Freddie is also the result of this type of union.
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Most of the townspeople are completely convinced that the Native American men have this attitude:
- 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—"A 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.
- 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.
- There's also the brief, mild flirtation between Colleen and one of the Chinese railroad workers.
- The town's lone black male, Robert E., was surprisingly exempt from this, probably because he was Happily Married to the lone black female, Grace.
- In Empire, this is a point of contention between Andre, who is married to a white woman, and his parents. At first it seems his mother is the only one against it and his father is okay with it. However later in the first season it's revealed that his father views Andre's wife Rhonda as a spoiled rich girl and refuses to give the company to him because he is married to a white woman (that and his untreated bipolar disorder).
- 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.
- Said character, Dr. Cleo Finch, was herself the result of such a union. And so was Kem Likasu (Carter's wife).
- Subverted with Jing-Mei Chen (she's Chinese) and the father of her baby, and later, Dr. Pratt.
- In the middle of a Christmas episode, Kerry excitedly shrieks "Mlungisi!" and throws herself into the arms of a handsome African man, kissing him passionately, much to everyone's astonishment (though this is more because her behavior is in stark contrast to the uptight personality she's displayed thus far rather than the racial difference). She later plays out a same-sex version of this—her second girlfriend and eventual wife is Hispanic and the woman she moves to Miami with when she decides to resign from the hospital is African-American.
- On The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when Will and Carlton's prep school goes co-ed, it's implied that Will is excited because of the potential of dating white women:
Will: It's gon' be cute girls everywhere. Cute rich girls, that know the one thing they parents can't stand is for them to be dating a big black dude.
- Game of Thrones: Salladhor demands Cersei as prize for helping attack King's Landing — not to rape her, he says, but to seduce her; specifically citing her blondeness.
Salladhor: Cersei, I want her. I'll sail with your fleet, all thirty of my ships, and if we don't drown at the bottom of Blackwater Bay, I will fuck this blonde queen and I will fuck her well.
- 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.Rose: What myth?Sophia: You know... about black men... in the bedroom?Rose: Oh... is that a Greek myth?
- In one episode, Dorothy's son is engaged to an older black woman (and she's pregnant). Dorothy's notes that she's in her 40s, black, and in her 40s. The woman's mother objects to a white son in law. Then later all the women: Dorothy, Sophia, the woman's mom and aunts, Rose, and Blanche gather for cheesecake. Sophia asks about if it's true what they say about black men and the white Southern Blanche blurts out "Yes!" and then "I've wondered too".
- 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.
- Deliberately averted in The '60s spy series I Spy, at the insistence of Bill Cosby.
- Insecure has a case of white women having a fetish for black men. Lawrence ends up having a three-way with two white women he met in a store parking lot. They're disappointed when he can't go another round, and say that the other black guy could go all night.
- In the Key & 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!
- 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!
- 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. What ultimately made her snap was that her beau, who was tired of keeping their relationship a secret, threatened to break things off with her if she didn't come out about it.
- Also in the Law & Order: UK episode based on it, "Masquerade." Though this time, the boy was Pakistani and threatening to tell her parents about them himself, leading her to panic and kill him.
- In the episode "Blue Bamboo", detectives find that the killer of a Japanese businessman is a white actress/singer who once worked at one of his Tokyo nightclubs. Her defense is that he was incredibly abusive to her during this time—to the point of practically holding her prisoner—and that she killed him in self-defense. During her psychiatric evaluation, she practically rants about how all Japanese men are obsessed with her and it's implied that Japanese men see white women as a status symbol. It's never clear if she was lying, but when she's acquitted, Jack claims that her story would never have worked had the man been white as well.
- MADtv (1995) had a skit called "Inside Looking Out" hosted by a black man and his white (and very racist) wife.
- 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 had cheated on his wife with numerous black women, and knew that any black guy close to Joy's age had a slight chance of being her brother.
- The Orville: Inverted by Yaphit. He's a gelatinous lifeform...that's only attracted to black human women.
- 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)
- 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.
- Power Rangers has touched this trope a few times, though the interracial aspect was never brought up.
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue has Green Ranger Joel constantly jockeying for the affections of Ms. Fairweather. It was either rebuffed or ignored until the season finale. By the crossover with Power Rangers Time Force, the two are Happily Married.
- Power Rangers S.P.D. has Red Ranger Jack meeting and starting a relationship with a volunteer caregiver and store owner, which ultimately leads to him retiring from SPD in the season finale.
- In Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, the Black and Nerdy Blue Ranger, Ethan, falls for a girl at a sci-fi convention who reappears in the finale as his prom date. Before this, he had briefly dated snobby school reporter Cassidy.
- Power Rangers Ninja Steel inverts it with Calvin and Hayley, who have been together for at least a year before we meet them.
- An episode of Promised Land (1996) 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.
- In the Quantum Leap episode "Black on White on Fire", Sam leapt into Ray, a black medical student in the 60's who was engaged to a white woman. Neither of their families approved (although Ray's mother was more concerned about Susan's safety — the episode took place during the Watts riots — than disapproval of her son dating a white woman).
- 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.
- 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.
- Saturday Night Live:
- Parodied in the skit "Meet Your Second Wife", in which the three male contestants are introduced to the girls who will become their second wives in a few years, as well as how this will happen—divorce, widowed. When they get to the third contestant, a black man, he fervently prays that the woman not be white and is very dismayed that she is, cringing at the epic Death Glare his current wife is giving him.
- One sketch in the episode hosted by Joe Pesci centers around the fictional "Bensonhurst Dating Game" show where a young Italian-American woman must choose from three mystery contestants. Two of them are stereotypical Italian-Americans (Adam Sandler and Dana Carvey) while the other is an African-American (Chris Rock) who has to deal with hostility from the host. The woman winds up choosing Rock's character and the host reluctantly allows it, while also repeatedly telling viewers the address of the restaurant they will be dining at.
- Seven Zero Four 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).
- Subverted on Sisters, when youngest sister Charlie's longtime friend and colleague is actually very reluctant to act on their mutual attraction because he doesn't want to be seen as an example of this trope. He gets over it and they embark on a relationship, marrying shortly before the series finale.
- Strong Medicine. Following her divorce, Dr. Andy Campbell begins dating one of her colleagues, who is African-American. His mother is not pleased and it takes her son telling her off for her attitude to improve.
- And yet another Native American example: when Walker, Texas Ranger reveals to an orphaned young man that his parents were murdered by racists because his mother was white while his father was Cherokee.
- 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.
- The West Wing plays hardball with this trope, with the relationship between Charlie, the president's aide, and Zoey, the president's daughter, but puts a twist on it. President Bartlett is genuinely unhappy that his daughter is dating a black man, but not because he dislikes the idea itself. He just knows full well that there will be plenty of others in the country who will absolutely hate the idea, and he's worried about the couple's safety. He's completely right. The relationship gets two people shot by white supremacists.
- Averted in When I'm Sixty-Four with Caz and Lynval, for whom it appears to be a complete non-issue.
- 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.
- Soap Opera Examples:
- All My Children's Rich Bitch Liza Colby falsely accuses Jesse of raping her after he confronts her over her cruelty to his best friend Jenny, using this stereotype to garner sympathy.
Jesse: People see a black guy and a white girl together, they start getting ideas.
- Jesse and Jenny actually played out a platonic version of this, even once being ranked as one of "The Greatest Romances That Never Were." It's been speculated that the racial difference and each being part of their own Super Couple are the only things that kept the writers from making their relationship romantic.
Jenny: Jesse, I don't care what a bunch of bigots think.
- Jesse and Rebecca, the woman he married while presumed dead and on the run.
- Subverted with Noah and Julia, who was Mexican.
- Another World's Marley and Tyrone.
- The Bold and the Beautiful's Amber and Raymond, though their's was more of a Friends with Benefits situation.
- Also Justin and Donna, as we learn when her long-lost son Marcus comes to town.
- General Hospital's Hannah and Taggert. His ex Dara was jealous and disapproving.
- One Life to Live's Hank and Nora, though their marriage happened off-screen as part of Hank's backstory. This made Hank's objections to their daughter Rachel dating the white Kevin quite hypocritical.
- Hank's brother RJ had a long-lost daughter, fathered during a long-ago love affair with a white woman, with whom he briefly rekindled their relationship when she came to town.
- Port Charles' Alison and Jamal. The class difference didn't help matters.
- The Young and the Restless' Neil and Victoria, though it was unfortunately nixed due to the rampant hate mail—both actors received death threats. Later couples, such as Phyllis and Damon, fared better.
- All My Children's Rich Bitch Liza Colby falsely accuses Jesse of raping her after he confronts her over her cruelty to his best friend Jenny, using this stereotype to garner sympathy.
- "KKK Bitch" from Body Count 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 from the same album, "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
- The video for "Touch the Sky" has a scene in which his black ex-girlfriend yells at him for dating a white girl. When said girlfriend (played by Pamela Anderson) runs out and kisses him, the ex-girlfriend and her friend are seen looking annoyed and shocked.
- In late 2010, Kanye began to embrace this trope.
"Champagne Wishes, thirty white bitches..." from "So Appalled""Had a few white girls..." from "HAM"
- Madness - "Embarrassment", which was a real-life story about a sister of a member 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
- Their video for their song "Let Me Be The One" has every woman who the black band members go gaga over be white.
- Toni Braxton's "How Could an Angel Break My Heart" is about a woman whose lover leaves her for another woman, who is implied to be white (and is white in the music video).
I heard her face was white as rain/Soft as a rose that blooms in May
- Folk duo February Sky's ballad "Child of the Future" has a white student raising her mixed race daughter after a brief affair with a black friend.
- The music video to the 1989 hit "Chorando se foi (Lambada)" by the French pop group Kaoma, which made the Brazilian Lambada dance style an instant world craze, features the mutual Precocious Crush of the black beachcomber boy and the white daugter of the beach restaurant owner, which the girl's racist father disapproves of, until he's made to reconsider by the singers and the beach crowd led by them.
- Janis Ian's "Society's Child" is about the breakup of a teenage interracial relationship due to societal pressures.
When we're older things may change
But for now this is the way they must remain
- Intentionally averted by Little Richard, who played up the more feminine aspects of his personality to seem less threatening to white audiences of the 1950s/60s who were wary of this trope. In his own words, "I wore the make-up so that white men wouldn't think I was after the white girls."
- 1960s hippy musical Hair invokes both the Black Man/White Woman and Black Woman/White Man version of this trope with the song "Black Boys/White Boys." The movie adaptation takes it farther, adding a Ho Yay component with the Army induction examiners.
- ''In my ivory tower, life was just a Hostess snack/But now I've tasted chocolate, and I'm never going back!''
- Interestingly, apart from Penny's psychotic mother, no one seems to mind:
Motormouth Maybelle: Oh, so this is love? Well, love is a gift, a lot of people don't remember that. So, you two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid.
Penny: Oh, so you met my mom.
- Interestingly, apart from Penny's psychotic mother, no one seems to mind:
- The play Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears is an updating of the love story from Othello. During one scene, the male character, who has recently left his wife for a white woman, both exemplifies and deconstructs this trope.
- This makes an appearance in The Magic Flute, where the Moor Monostatos (see above) is irresistibly attracted to Pamina, accompanied by a heapin' helpin' of Unfortunate text.
Und ich soll die Liebe meiden,/weil ein Schwarzer hässlich ist!/[...] Eine Weisse nahm mich ein;/Weiss ist schön, ich muss sie küssen!
Translation: And I must do without love, because a black man is ugly./[...] A white lady has captivated me. White is beautiful; I must kiss her!
- The Merchant of Venice has two examples:
- One of Portia's wealthy suitors is the Prince of Morocco, who begs her to "mislike me not for my complexion." When he loses the Engagement Challenge, she is quite glad: "Let all of his complexion choose me so."
- Later on, Lorenzo mentions that Launcelot had a fling with a black moor and that she is now "with child." It's never mentioned again, but it is used as a setup for an Incredibly Lame Pun on "moor" and "more."
- Othello: Italian Desdemona falls for the "moor" Othello. It has been argued that in Shakespeare's time "moor" didn't mean black necessarily, and through history he was often played as Arabic. The argument that Othello is Semitic rather than African is more political than textual, given that the villain Iago refers to him as "thick lips" and "a black ram", which aren't terribly ambiguous...
"I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs!""Even now, now, very now, an old black ram / Is tupping your white ewe!"
- Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus has an affair with Tamora, queen of the Goths and empress of Rome, and their child turns out to be black.
- Mallory on Archer loves black men. Such as when she pulls strings to get Conway Stern into ISIS ("He just appeared... like a foundling, carved out of onyx") and routs any attempt to get a background check pulled on him, or when she gets a chance to "fact check" a Hollywood script and writes herself in as a sexy fifty-something in love with a handsome black agent. Surprising (or not), because Mallory is also very racist.
- In The Boondocks there seems to be a running gag that a lot of black men, especially (but not limited to) those with money or power, really want to score with white women.
- Most notably, there's Tom and Sarah DuBois' marriage.
- Robert has been seen dating both black and white women, although the most notable consistency is his dates being significantly younger than him.
- Uncle Ruckus reveres all white people, which of course includes preferring white women. It's the main reason he tolerates the DuBoises.
- Rollo Goodlove is seen flirting with Ann Coulter (the two were pretending to be enemies earlier).
- In "A Date With The Booty Warrior", a prison gang of Scary Black Men are a little tired of anally raping the other inmates, so they demand that women (white ones especially) should be imported into the jail.
- Brickleberry: Denzel loves his women like spoiled milk: elderly and white.
- Discussed on The Cleveland Show, when Rollo asks Roberta why she's dating Federline instead of a black guy.
Roberta: Do I look white or Asian?
- Family Guy.
- Chris' talking pimple forces him to rub grease on himself to make more pimples. One of them says "Where the white heads at?"
- In "Brian the Bachelor", Cleveland goes on the prowl at a local bar. He asks a potential mate "Hey baby, how'd you like to go black and then make the difficult decision on whether to go back? " she replies "I already went Burnt Sienna and never went back." The Burnt Sienna crayon she is dating starts to threaten Cleveland.
- Peter worries that Jerome will steal Lois from him in "Jerome is the New Black", as they used to date. Jerome says he would never do such a thing but admits that he did have lots of sex with Meg. Peter is not concerned about that.
- Invoked in "Untitled Griffin Family History", when Peter says "Of course, ordinarily black guys aren't attracted to white women, but she was something different." Then played straight.
- The The Legend of Calamity Jane episode "The Way of the Buffalo" revolves around a flirtatious relationship between a white housewife and a black soldier. The woman has an abusive husband who's racist towards the soldier.
- On Robot Chicken, a black scientist programs his Afrobot to say this.
- From The Simpsons, The Simpson kids themselves are 1/64 black—and Homer 1/32—due to their white ancestor Mabel Simpson marrying a black man named Virgil. (She did so in Canada, which was part of the British Empire at the time.)
- South Park: Chef really loves the white meat. They do love his chocolate balls too though.