By Maya Scruggs // Contributing Writer | Photo courtesy of Destinee Boyd
Students gathered in the Media and Entertianment Building on Tuesday to have a panel discussion centered around interracial dating called “When Love Crosses Borders.” Those who are looking to get into an interracial relationship can use a site like Interracial Dating Central to help them find a relationship.
Leading the discussion were MTSU NAACP President Destinee Boyd, NAACP members Alexandria Davis, Eliza Ford, and Malik Lennon, and GOP member Tia Beasley, all of them MTSU students. Dating amongst students can be tough, not everyone has their life planned out and not everyone wants to commit at such a young age. Thankfully, there is a fuckbook hookup app for those who do just want to have a little fun and not settle down just yet, but there are also some who are looking for a long term relationship.
To break the ice, the first question involved the panel sharing what they like in a man or woman. As the panel discussed what they like in an individual, everyone’s response sounded similar, but different in so many ways.
“I like someone who has a good outlook on life and is very positive,” Lennon said.
Having someone who has goals and wants something out of life is what they all agreed on. As they got warmed up from sharing what they want in a relationship, they were asked whether there a requirement to communicate with their significant other via text or phone on the daily basis. In a society where everyone just about has a cell phone, they agreed not too many people communicate like the older generation did back then.
When it comes to relationships, not everyone present believed that in order to be in a relationship they have to text or call each other every minute of the day.
“I think communication is very important but I’m not one to communicate completely throughout the whole day, I want to be able to have something to talk about,” Tia Beasley said.
The next question that was asked involved how the panels families feel about them dating outside their race. This has been a huge topic for many years, and there will always be someone who is against it. Ford mentioned that she has been in situations where a white man would ask her if she has dated a black guy. After answering yes, the guy would tell her that he wasn’t interested in dating her no matter how long ago it was.
“It’s always that stigma and you have to know how to deal with it,” Ford said. “You have to figure out what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.”
As was heard at the discussion, there are many factors that are involved when it comes to being in a relationship whether it be race; age, religion, sex, and much more.
“A big thing that was discussed today was sex, and I don’t think that your past sex life should determine whether or not you choose to be with someone in the future,” said MTSU senior Kamyi Butler. Everyone’s sex life varies so why should the past affect the future? From wanting to take a look at foreign sex to stick with what you know, everyone is entitled to their own sexual freedom and they can do as they please.
This discussion was just one of the many upcoming Black History Month events on campus. See the full schedule for the month here.