These statistics do not directly address race, nor do they cover same-sex wedlock, but they go some way to affirming that interracial marriage remains relatively rare.Reaction to interracial coupling is not one-size-fits-all, either.It was just, ‘No, you’re black.’ That’s it.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times As someone who has suffered “subtle racism and explicit racism” all his life, the incident did not unnerve Otukoya (“That’s fine because then you know their intentions”).But his experiences have soured him on the idea of ever entering an interracial relationship again.Above all, Weenig believes racism, as a form of hatred, should be fought with love.Richard Bashir Otukoya has some bad relationship stories. They ripple with a hurt most of us don’t experience.
When they started dating, they experienced much opposition.
“A lot of white people in particular don’t see it as normal.
You do get looks if you’re part of an interracial relationship.” It was not necessarily vicious, pointed distain that was thrown at Law, who dated a white boyfriend in Belfast for two years.
The films couldn’t be more different in approach, but both are cutting works that explore historical injustices, lasting prejudices and social taboos.
What of Ireland, though, a country with a relatively short history of pluralism and diversity.
“There was one time we went to Tesco,” remembers Otukoya.