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And when we meet, we confirm each other’s stereotypes of Black Americans and so the myths continue.
But now realising that I’ve been hiding behind the fallacy of a supposed African man superiority, I am ready to let go of the myths.
Its almost like i have so fully rejected the idea of being with a Black American man that I dont even let the thought flourish in my mind. I have dug deep and found that my assumptions are based on (1) past negative experiences with ignorant Black Americans both male and female (2) stereotypes of Black Americans formed by what I’ve seen in the media.
The reality is that even though I’ve mixed with and lived next to Black Americans, most of the people I know and socialise with are Africans.
I’ve spoken to several of my African girlfriends and I was surprised to find that most like myself have also never dated Black American men. I recently met a Black man in the Bronx and we’ve been exchanging text messages. My culture is very important to me and I would ideally want to have that in common with my partner. Or am i like others who experienced some kind of teasing about being African in high school simply retaliating by holding out on our Black American brothers?
Now I live in Harlem, the mecca of Black American life. In all this time, I cant say that I’ve ever dated a Black American or a White American man. I’ve always said that the reason why i didnt date Black American men was because of the cultural differences between Africans and Black Americans."Our case against JSwipe is about their infringement on our technology and their attempt to build a business on the back of the JDate trademark," asserts Egan."From a trademark perspective, it is not about just the “J”. Their choice of name has diluted the JDate brand and confused the Jewish community into believing that they were a part of our organization."He also hit back at allegations that the company is targeting JSwipe for utilizing technology used by most dating apps.The owner of the young, user-friendly and popular app, which has 410,000 users in 70 different countries, believes JSwipe is being targeted by what he brands an "outdated organization" simply because it exists."In short, we're being sued for using the letter J, which stands for Jewish community, and for a patent which broadly explains matching people through technology," he tells "Our case is not about the letter J," counters Michael Egan, CEO of J-Date owner Spark Networks.As I try to deal with this in my own life I wonder how many of you male and female have dated Black Americans and whether or not you think there is a marked difference.