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Last week, the journal Nature published a DNA report showing definitively that ole Tommy Jefferson did in fact father at least one child with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. Whom do you date?






Janelle Benjamin

Age: 19

Resides: Financial
District

Occupation: Student

Do you date outside your race? Yeah. Twice. My last boyfriend was white and my current boyfriend is Colombian. Before I dated the white guy, I was kind of concerned because he was white, but I
really liked him and I went ahead and dated him. It was great.

Do you think biracial kids have problems?
I don’t think so. Every kid has problems.

Will racism disappear? Before the earth
disintegrates, maybe. And not too long
before that.








Stuart Margolis

Age: 29

Resides: Washington Heights

Occupation: Restaurant manager

Do you date outside your race? I’m married. But before that— I’m
Jewish— I dated
non-Jewish women, but no women of color. And my wife isn’t Jewish.

Do you think biracial kids have problems? It
depends on what races the parents are. For
instance, if you have one black parent, that might present more of a problem for the child, because society might have more of a problem with that.

Will racism disappear? I don’t think so.






Leo the Lion

Age: 45

Resides: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Occupation: Musician

Do you date outside your race? I married outside my race. It’s definitely
a jungle-fever type
of vibe. I’m divorced now. That hurts too.

Do you think biracial kids have problems? I have kids. It’s an issue for them because the world makes it an issue. But I just tell them, just like Martin Luther King said, you should be judged by the content of your character.

Will racism disappear? Yes. And without
the assimilation of all races into one
homogeneous race.








Emma Highland

Age: 26

Resides: Upper East Side

Occupation: Marketing

Do you date outside your race? Yes. Three times. The first two, it was a problem on their side. But my parents were fine with it. And the third one is the one right now and we’re fine, so far.

Do you think biracial kids have problems?
I think it could definitely be more challenging, if they don’t have a strong sense of self.

Will racism disappear? I would love to see it.
I have more faith in the generations coming.






Gina Yoo

Age: 26

Resides: Downtown

Occupation: Student

Do you date outside your race? Yes. The person I’m seeing right now is the first Asian person I’ve dated.

Do you think biracial kids have problems? Not necessarily. In general, identity is already a hard thing.

Will racism disappear? You’d have to have a more global-like mind.










David London

Age: 36

Resides: Crown Heights

Occupation: Studies
the Torah

Do you date outside your race? No. It’s against my religion. I don’t date anyway, it’s against the laws of my religion. You marry. And she has to be Jewish.

Do you think biracial kids have problems?
It can be.

Will racism disappear? The Torah says that when Israel becomes a nation, this will bring a unity to all the peoples of Israel and this unity will bring redemption and peace to all nations on earth.






Younes Nika

Age: 22

Resides: Bayside, Queens

Occupation: Cook

Do you date outside your race? I always date
outside my race. The women from my country are crazy. I’m from Iran. They’re so crazy about the religion, Islam, whatever bullshit.

Do you think biracial kids have problems? It all depends on the parents and how they treat them.

Will racism disappear? No. You can never change people’s mentality.










Mark Law

Age: 36

Resides: Brooklyn

Occupation: Traveler

Do you date outside your race? I’ve dated a black chick and now I’m dating a Jewish woman. Is
Jewish outside of race?

Do you think biracial kids have problems? In some ways it might. But I don’t see that as a problem here. Maybe like in Florida, or something.

Will racism disappear? Someone will always be bigoted about something.

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