Selecting love: Interracial partners talk white privilege and ‘colour blindness’

Selecting love: Interracial partners talk white privilege and ‘colour blindness’

Sunday Breakfast host Sara-Jayne King chats to two interracial partners about their individual experiences.

Peter Phillip and Veronika Komarkova came across in Cape Town after matching on a dating application.

Peter, whom identifies as black colored, came to be in Malawi and Veronika, whom identifies as white, was created into the Czech Republic. They usually have both stayed in a true number of various nations in their everyday lives.

Nicola Bruns and Bryan Bergsteedt came across while their studies at Stellenbosh University. They are together for six years and they are involved to be hitched.

Nicola, whom identifies as white, was raised in Paarl and Bryan, whom identifies as colored, was raised in Johannesburg.

The two partners open on how competition and identity have actually shaped their relationships and just how they have been addressed by friends, household, and strangers. (pay attention to the discussion that is full the sound at the end)

They first met how they felt about interracial dating when:

Unfortuitously, just how our everyday lives had been put up, that you don’t think you are going to get love through the extremely exact same battle that often treats you really defectively when you’re out to town when it comes to evening. It had been never ever an option whenever Nicola began considering me personally a specific method.

Bryan Bergsteedt

I truly fancied this person but [ I was thinking to myself], ‘What are my buddies planning to state?’. Interestingly, a prior to meeting bryan all my friends joked saying that i would definitely fall in love with a person of colour year.

Nicola Bruns

I did not actually care, become quite truthful. My children is quite available. I do not care what folks need to state or think. It absolutely was never ever one factor in my situation.

Veronika Komarkova

It had been a non-issue due to the surroundings I went to a lot of international schools from a young age – only in South Africa were things different that I grew up in. Read more