An African American ex-football player falls in love with a Las Vegas showgirl.
When she is sexually assaulted by a wealthy patron, he viciously beats her attacker and the two are forced to go on the run.
“The story is obviously very timely with the election …” said Lisa Bunnell, president of distribution at Focus, who also cited exit polling in the nineties across diverse audience segments, playing equally well among men and women.
If you’ve noticed I write a lot about race, you’re right. The most recent is with my girlfriend of six months. My interest in dating interracially can be traced in part to my growing up experience.
Compare that with 1980, when less than 7% of new marriages took place between interracial couples and the share of overall marriages was just 3%. In 1987, Pew found that only 13% of Americans completely agreed that interracial dating was acceptable; that share grew to 56% in 2009.
My brothers were too old to be playmates or friends with the black neighbor kids but I wasn’t and so I spent a fair amount of time over their homes as they did over my home playing Army Man, ping pong, pool, and just exploring the neighborhood.Interracial relationships aren't a panacea to end racism, of course; nor can any type of relationship be over-generalized as better than another.But interracial relationships can actively help make America a more diverse, accepting place. Witnessing interracial couples in pop culture won't immediately rid Americans of racist ideas, but it helps.That is to say I do revisit the subject in various ways in assorted stories, though truthfully race makes up a very small percentage of what I write about. The first of these was of long duration, 12-plus years. I was raised in a northeast Omaha neighborhood that was almost entirely white until I was 10 or 12.But there are reasons why I keep returning to the topic and some of them are very personal to me. I was born in 1958 and it wasn’t until the late 1960s that blacks could get homes as far “west” as 42nd Street in North Omaha because of restrictive covenants and red lining tactics. As the landmark TV series became a sensation in the very early 1970s my older brothers and I used to joke that our father was our family’s own Archie Bunker.In Hawaii around the end of the 19th century, the black sheep of a prosperous white family marries a mentally unstable Hawaiian.