Do interracial couples still get second looks?

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-20 17:00:45-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - On a day when the nation celebrates civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., some interracial couples noted inequality is not just a black and white thing.

Mathhews McCoy and Michelle Britos started dating two years ago.

"My dad always jokes. What is she? Hispanic? She's actually Island Pacificer," McCoy said. "It wasn't necessarily ethnicity or color or anything you even think of. You just fall in love with someone you care about. You match in relationship."

While McCoy said they haven't experienced any noticeable backlash from family and friends, the couple is sure some people don't approve of their relationship.

"We still have a long way to go," Virginia Union University History chair Dr. Raymong Hylton said. While the days of sitting on the back of the bus and drinking from separate water fountains are over, Hylton said racism these days can be more subtle.

"It definitely does exist. We are not in a post-racial society. It may seem like that on the surface, but, in some places... we have the same problems," he said.

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