The Challenges of Making Friends from Other Racial Groups

By Nadra Kareem Nittle | Updated August 27, 2018

Interracial friendships don’t receive nearly the amount of press that interracial romances do. Just because these relationships lack the sexual component of interracial romances doesn’t mean they’re any less compelling from a sociological standpoint. Interracial friendships reveal a great deal about U.S. society and culture.

For interracial friendships to flourish, the parties involved typically must address racial stereotypes and expectations from others about the company they should keep. While cross-race friendships aren’t nearly as taboo as interracial marriage remains, they occur infrequently in the United States, according to numerous studies.

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