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Deep in us this fascination with the exotic other-- states Daniela Gioseffi in her poem The Exotic Enemy 476 Published in 1979 The Exotic Enemy refers to the issues that ignite relationships whether they be between different sexes or different races This poem also explores the elements behind most interracial relationships such as curiosity of another race In the past relationships amongst people of different races has been scorned and looked down upon almost as being unlawful and unethical Antimiscegenation Laws have been passed modified appealed and reasserted throughout US history dating back to the late 1600s until recently 1987 These laws were used to prevent any sexual or marital relationships between white Americans and any other minority non-whites Whites were the only race that were prohibited from dating other races other than white These regulations on interracial relationships continued until the late 1980s Although the laws no longer exist there still remains the stereotypical clich that interracial relationships are wrong Interracial relationships continue and flourish more so nowadays than in the past but there is still that negative ambiance against interracial dating Why do people continue to be involved with others outside of there race Is it because of curiosity like the poem by Gioseff suggests Or can a real interracial relationship thrive in todays society I interviewed two young African American males both the ages of 18 years of age The first interviewee shall be called Aaron and the second interviewee is named Paul All of the interviewees have been in an interracial relationship of some kind The respondents were asked the following questions Racially how do you define yourself Have you ever been involved with a person from the opposite sex that was outside of your race What kind of relationship developed Were there any culture differences between you and your mate that interfered with the relationship What did your parents think What did your partners parents think Was it easy for
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