Sophomores Jillissa Drayton and Adam Sosnicki expressed that friends and outsiders have lauded their relationship.
Jillissa said, “I think people get excited to see a progressive, mixed race couple. There are, of course, those few friends that say something a little rude unintentionally every now and then.” On the other hand, Adam felt the pressures from his family regarding his choice of partner, and said, “I’ve gotten criticized by my family, especially since they’re very traditional Europeans, who, not to paint them in a bad light, aren’t the most tolerant people. Rodriguez tied the knot, her parents were very accepting of their decision. Yan strayed from her parents’ preferences when it came to her dating life, 71% of polled students said they would date someone of a different ethnic background even without their parents’ consent.
I didn’t phrase it so sentimentally at the dinner table, but I got it across in a way that felt genuine.
And for some reason, it gave me a bit of confidence. Even at a young age, I was moved by her selflessness and commitment to others.
Over 40% of poll respondents identified Black, Hispanic and Middle Eastern as groups of which their parents would disapprove.
Senior Stanley Li explains, “Considering our parents are from a previous generation, they’re more conservative in their views.” Junior Elina Niyazov commented that her parents’ disapproval of certain races “is something so obvious that they don’t need to say it.” When certain members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) were asked if they cared to comment, few said that they would disapprove of their children being in an interracial couple.
This story was originally published by the school newspaper at Townsend Harris High School and is now being presented on the Daily News website as part of the Newsies!
high school journalism competition for articles from 2015.
We drove to his parents on a Sunday night, a small suburb outside Philadelphia. As we left, Steven pulled me aside and thanked me for the work I do, explaining that there aren’t enough social workers in this country. [image: via Guian Bolisay on flickr] Carmel Jones is a 32 year old social worker living in Philadelphia. Inside is one of the main Jewish prayers.” I’m not sure if he was impressed or shocked, but either way, his face nearly dropped to the floor. He looked exactly like Donny with an extra thirty years. I shared how I got started in my field, how I was inspired by a young social worker who helped my cousins when I was young. “This is a mezuzah,” he explained, pointing to the small doorpost affixed diagonally, “not exactly sure what it means, but it’s some kind of Jewish law.” “Yeah. This is Steven.” I gazed into the future as Donny’s father approached. A couple glasses of wine and a delicious main course later, the four of us were talking about my job as a social worker. About anything.” We got to talking about the party we met at. I only went because a good friend of mine pleaded with me. I knew he was an attorney, but I didn’t know he was a public defender. That’s when Steven put his fork down and turned to me.In such a situation, they often have to choose which is more important: attraction and chemistry or parent approval.