While growing up in New York City where there were a lot of social interactions, cultural exchanges, and political alliances between African-American and Puerto Rican communities, I knew of African-American boys and girls dating Puerto Ricans.I wonder; however, how many of those Puerto Rican boys and girls took their African-American girlfriends and boyfriends home to meet their families over dinner.In the book Boricua: Anthologies of Puerto Rican Writings, it was pointed out that many Puerto Rican parents told their sons and daughters not to bring blacks home.
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I do know that a lot of black Latino families, not all, encourage their children to improve the race, as they call it, by marrying someone lighter or white so their children will experience less racism.
From my personal interactions with Latin-American women, here and in Latin-American countries, it is usually the fair skinned ones, like Gwen and the white ones who seem to take more of an open interest in me.
The black ones, as a rule, didn't seem to take me too seriously, with the exception of a couple who wanted what was in my pants [wallet] because I'm a gringo.
Through my own travels to various Latin-American countries, I've observed a lot of interracial dating, marriages, and mixed children through marriage as well as wedlock.
When I met Gwen, a fair-skinned Puerto Rican woman of mixed racial ancestry at the church I used to attend, there was a strong mutual attraction between us.
The first time I asked her out, she cheerfully and excitedly gave me her phone number.
When I called, her response, in a passionate tone of voice was, name the time—name the date! After our date, Gwen became very distant refusing to go out with me again saying that is was only an attraction; nothing more.
Yet, other church members and I consistently caught her watching me intently from a distance.
She even acted somewhat hostile toward another woman whom I started seeing.
Word got around the church that Gwen's mother did not want her getting involved with black men; only whites and non-black Latinos; preferably someone fellow Puerto Rican.
I've heard of other cases where Latino parents threatened to disown their daughters if they were to marry a black man.