I am from the south of the U.S., so I am more than familiar with racism. Believe it or not I have had people tell me to die, guys tell me they want to date me but their families aren’t fond of them dating outside of their race, I’ve been stared at and mumbled about, and a number of other things and all because I am Black, whether you choose to believe it or not. I haven’t gotten any of those since I’ve been in London. Yes, I lived in the south for 22 years and I’ve only been in London for 4 weeks, but that’s enough time to get a feel of a place and I can ensure you that there is a lot less racism here than in the States, at least towards Black people.
I’m accustomed to having men of all races flirt with me, but not as openly as they do here. If a white guy flirted with me back home it’s likely to be privately or via social media, whereas a white guy here will stop me in the street surrounded by his friends to tell me how attractive he finds me. I get looks all day from men of all nationalities. It’s refreshing so refreshing to not be reminded of my race. I love being Black and I am proud of who and what I am, but that doesn’t mean I want to be constantly reminded of how I look. I’ve experienced so many looks and so much discrimination back home that it feels like I’m wearing a sign that says, “Hey. I’m different from you so feel free to act weird.” There’s none of that here.
I also see interracial couples and biracial children everywhere here. I’ve had people stare if I was out with a white guy at home, particularly older people. It’s no big deal in London and makes me feel like this is where I belong.