"These are professional people who work with all races and ethnicities. They were supportive in the end, but we still have issues today."Meador, who describes herself as a "chocolate, thick girl with locs," says she and her husband, Michael, 31, have clashed with her pals.She and her best friend even stopped talking for a month over a disagreement about something Michael, a Republican, had posted on Facebook."[My friends] said, "Asia, you were so down for the cause." I'm like, "I'm not down for the cause anymore?
Lachon, who is seeing a White man, has experienced her share of adverse reaction."I've come across a lot of men who tell me I should be ashamed and say things like, "It's not too late to come home" or "He won't know what to do with all of that." I've heard it all. But the negative comments can be more distressing when they come from family or close friends.Asia Diggs Meador, 33, had never considered marrying outside her race.The Memphis attorney had always talked about finding the Cliff to her Clair and having brown babies for a real-life Cosby Show family.So when she met a White accountant from Mississippi online in 2013, got engaged to him in 2014 and married him in 2015, her friends were shocked."When he proposed, they were like, "We didn't know it was that serious. " I had people question if this was what I wanted," says Meador, who serves as general counsel and vice-president at a nonprofit."I have no doubt that I'm going to find the love that I want.
Who somebody else is dating doesn't pertain to me," she says.I do think there is someone out there for everyone," says the father of two."In my situation, marrying a woman of another race just happened.He chose to live in California because he feels the state is more accepting of interracial couples and wants his kids to grow up in a diverse environment.America's racist history of enslaving Black people and perpetuating a stereotype that Blacks are inferior still impacts our relationships and community."Every time some famous man is on display with his White woman, a lot of my friends will have something negative to say or something that seems like they feel betrayed, as if that man is a representation of all Black men," Brooks says.