I am 23 and am very close with my
family. My parents are pretty laid-back about most things. But…
past two years, I’ve been dating a 24-year-old girl who went to college with me. She’s
great. She’s educated, a hard worker, a great cook, witty, affectionate, and giving. My
parents would love her if she wasn’t white.
All my life they’ve warned me
that if I ever came home with a white girl, they’d disown me.
Either I can
keep seeing her behind their backs, or I can break it off before they find out and find a
What are you thoughts? -- CASUALTY OF RACISM – TORONTO,
You’ve got an education; you’ve
got a great girl. Now get a spine!
Come on, man, you’re an adult. You
failed to mention a third option—to live your life the way you see fit.
appreciate the respect you have for you parents, but respect at your age need not mean
fear. If you want to try to get them to accept your girlfriend, tell them how great she
is. Describe her magnificent traits. Let them talk to her on the phone. Don’t mention
colour—just see what they say about her and how happy they are to know you’re with a
wonderful girl. After they say how happy they are for you, then tell them she’s
I’d like to be a fly on the way for the discussion that
Your problem sadly demonstrates that racism is still alive in
your family’s home—as in so many North American homes. It will take courage to discuss
the issues of race and where they really stand; however, parents’ primary concern should
be that the person who loves their child treats them right and makes them happy. If this
girl is doing that for you, I’d like to think your parents would be willing to meet
If, however, you’re not truly serious about this girl—or you can’t
find the strength to deal with your own parents—it’s best for you to end it before it
gets any more serious.
Only an extremely strong couple can deal with the
attitudes and prejudices that go with an interracial relationship. Think hard before you
put yourself and her in the line of fire.
What’s up with today’s lack of chivalry?
the mall the other day, a twentysomething-year-old man walked right out in front of me as
I approached a door, then let the door close in my face. Bang! I dropped my
After I chased an orange and a can of tuna across the floor and
picked up my bags, a nice looking thirty-ish man came along. As I was opening the door,
we made brief eye contact. I was sure he was going to take the door from me to allow me
to pass through. Well, you should have felt the breeze as he flew by me while I stood
holding the door, fumbling with my bags.
I’m in my early thirties, and I
get asked out by men in their twenties and thirties all the time, but I prefer to date
older men because of the lack of gallantry in younger ones.
talking about equal pay for equal work or anything like that. I’m just talking about
common courtesy, proper manners, maybe a little respect for a lady. -- NOSE OUT OF JOINT
– LONDON, ON
Dear Nose Out of Joint,
rant! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
And now that we’re on the
topic, allow me to add: Women don’t want to be treated like equals. We want to be treated
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