Lazuli got me thinking....(Thanks Lazuli...feels good!) About the WTS and how its policies change peoples outlooks and values.
I was....as much as I hate to admit it....born in the Northeast, but moved to the South as a teenager. Where I lived in New England we had no black people. It was a very old, quaint, mill town that was founded by Sammule Slater named after Daniel Webster and settled by French and Polish immigrants. In this town your name started with LA or LE or ended with iak or sky.
When I was in junior high we had a black family move into town and the daughter went to the only junior high school in town...mine! All the guys wanted to date her because she was...well different!
When I moved to the South there was a whole different dynamic going on there. White guys would not even talk to black women and it was the black guys that where always trying to hook up with the white chicks. And if a white girl got involved with a black guy the white guys would not touch her after that.
Now I am not trying to upset anyone here, I'm just giving some background OK...So don't PM me as this racist pig. Let me finish.
I was witness to three years of race riots in high school, 1970-1974. Not a nice thing. At that time I would not even, for a second, consider going out with a black girl.
In 1978 I started to get conned by the J-duds. In 1980 I moved to Southern Calif. The West Coast JW's are a lot different than their Southern Brethren. Out there there were second generation mixed marriages and anyone could and would marry anyone of whatever race, nation, island group, and or tribe on the planet! After six years of this I was OK with whatever combination I came into contact with. And the children of these unions most often were very beautiful!
But I married a drop dead gorgeous, Calif. redhead with very white skin. Move ahead 15 years and back to Florida. We, the So. Cal. babe, part company and I meet a very nice, very dark JW. We meet weeks after the marriage ended. And I, at first, could not get past just being friends with her. I could not see myself with a black woman. It only took four years for me to overcome this....I is slow, duh!
Now my question...did take awhile ....Did your feelings about interracial dating change after you were assimilated? The JW official policy on approving interracial marriage...as long as you both are duds... seems like a decent thing. (I will tell you that in the South,single, black women are the lowest creatures on the planet, even in Dud-dom they get no respect)...Any personal stories and views? Maverick