Recently, a video titled “Guy Brings His White Girl to Barbershop in Harlem Gets Hated on by Black Hairdresser!” went viral in the Black community. This video, which has since been taken down, was created by the producers of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” and inspired a lot of conversation on how Black women digest interracial relationships and how they express their opinions on it.
Many Black women I came across felt that the entire exercise was unnecessary. They wondered why the actress had to play the stereotypical “angry Black woman,” and why ABC felt it necessary to analyze how Black people respond to interracial dating in 2013 when most of us don’t care. Basically, “ain’t nobody pressed about who the hell Black men choose to date” was the general sentiment from Black women.
Enter famed Black actor/author Hill Harper and his new girlfriend Chloe Flower – a Korean woman.
Harper is known in the Black community not only for his onscreen performances, but also for his books, such as Letters To A Young Sister and The Conversation: How [Black] Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships. After images of Harper’s girlfriend made the rounds on the internet, some Black women began decrying his books and all the advice contained within them, even though they loved everything in it before they found out he was in an interracial relationship. So the question became, how in the hell can this negro be an advocate for Black love, yet go out and date an Asian woman?