It’s interesting to note that with the first Cheerios ad, the black husband and white wife were never in the same room together, and it still was still alarming.Three years ago, Sealy Mattresses released a commercial that features at least two white men in interracial couples in a clearly sexual situation, and there was barely any recognition. Some people believe that interracial marriages are prohibited in the Scriptures. In America, as we continue to see the influx of people from all different cultures, who have all different colors of skin, it is imperative that we search the Scriptures so see how we should live.Many brands over the last several years have had ads that feature black women with white men, and yet they didn’t cause anywhere near the level of controversy as the Cheerios ads.Why does seeing a black man with a white woman stir up a hornet’s nest of racism, but not the reverse?Nichole Perkins is a freelance writer, based in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Often they will argue that marriage with foreigners (implying people both of different culture and color) was prohibited throughout the Old Testament.
Even after the Swiffer commercial, or the Tide ad which features an Asian woman and black man as a couple, the second Cheerios installment still caused controversy.The data launched a thousand blog posts and articles, some urging black women to date outside of their race in order to find more mates.The idea is that the more educated or the more successful black women become, the fewer opportunities they have to date black men, and therefore, they should expand their dating pool.America’s history is rich with fear of black male sexuality, as evidenced in cultural markers such as the silent film Birth of a Nation and the brutal death of Emmett Till, a teenager accused of whistling at a white woman.However, the interracial pairing of a black woman with a white man doesn’t seem to raise the same kind of alarms.Regardless, none of these interracial commercials should be targeted for hate.