Race and romance

A couple navigates differences
You two would have beautiful children!”
What did his parents say?”
Do you guys think it’s more difficult being together in the South?”
Have you found churches to be welcoming?”
The fact that you guys are dating says a lot about his character.”

Clark and I have been dating for two and a half years, and the comments and questions have been endless. The one that sticks with me the most came from a 15-year-old boy at the Methodist church where Clark had volunteered as a youth counselor.

We had been dating for a few weeks when I went to church with Clark one Sunday. Apparently one of the kids had seen us holding hands after the service and was bewildered. Later that evening, during youth group, he pulled the youth director aside and asked him in earnest curiosity, “Is it OK with God that Clark has a black girlfriend?”


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