“In short, no matter the personal cost,” Banks said, “black women are encouraged to marry ‘down’ before they marry ‘out.'” So far, Obama’s kiss is been met with relatively little backlash.
This decorum, however, is likely to fade if Obama continues to date—and ultimately marry—outside her race.
At just 19, Obama’s long-term romantic trajectory is impossible to predict.
ACS’s President, Oreoluwa Ogunbiyi, said that "these results offer little to be celebrated, and we mustn't forget that we still have a very long way to go to remedy the lack of racial diversity at universities such as ours".
For one thing, black women are America’s least-desired ethnic group by men of all races, according to ongoing research by dating site OK Cupid.The issue of black representation at Cambridge was raised earlier this year when a photo from the Cambridge University African-Caribbean Society (ACS), showing 14 of the 15 black men accepted into the University in 2015, went viral.by the student newspaper Varsity has found that in 2016, just 12.9 per cent of black applicants accepted a place at the university.Whether we like it or not, Farquharson’s race and class—his father is a CEO of an investment fund and he was the “head boy” at an expensive private school in the UK—have implications far beyond her rarefied milieu.For the moment, at least, those implications are likely still years away.One need only look to the vitriol heaped upon tennis star Serena Williams last winter when she revealed her engagement to Alex Ohanian, the white co-founder of Reddit who’s now her husband (and daughter’s father).