Episode 154: Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriages and the Meaning of Race

For today’s episode, we explore how interracial couples navigate racial boundaries by interviewing Dr. Chinyere Osuji, an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Camden and author of Boundaries of Love: Interracial Marriage and the Meaning of Race. During the conversation, we discuss her motivation for writing the book (43:10), her decision to conduct research in the U.S. and Brazil (45:50), and the notion of interracial marriage as a potential solution to racism (48:28). We also explore how her identity as a Black woman shaped her conversations with couples about interracial dating (52:25), trends related to why people pursued interracial relationships (55:30), how couples navigated public life and boundary policing (1:04:15), how interracial couples think about their children’s racial identity (1:11:00), and how couples navigate discussions about race (1:16:02). We close the interview by discussing her upcoming project (1:19:50).

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

06:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

37:05 - Introduction of the Topic

40:00 - Learn more about Dr. Chinyere Osuji

1:23:30 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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