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He directed us to a hotel where he had already made a reservation.He probably had less money than we did, and the hotel, more like infested motel, certainly reflected that.As recently as 2013, an estimated 13% of Americans still admitted they don't approve of interracial relationships (hell, people freak out about representations of interracial families on TV).Interracial couples still experience a large degree of stigmatization, as photographer Donna Pinckley attempted to capture in her 2015 photo series "Sticks and Stones." "It's kind of interesting to see, with race relations the way they are, you would think that you would only hear the comments made to older couples, but I'm finding out I have a lot of young couples, too, that have had comments made to them," Pinckley told the Huffington Post of the couples she photographed. We were driving cross-country one summer with two other friends, staying with whomever we could to save money.I had asked a friend who lived in Chicago if we could crash with his family. This friend was Mexican-American and came from a middle-class family.One time I memorized a whole Hebrew pop song just to impress this Israeli guy," he said to me with eyes the size of my grandma's matzoh balls.He started singing and I envisioned my Hebrew school teacher Mr. I asked him what he likes about Jewish guys and the answer, of course, didn't surprise me: "Oh, it's their beards for sure.
So how do you feel about interracial dating, and what is your race?He gave me polite answers and told me, a white boy from New York, that I should really make it over to Asia at some point."Do you speak Hebrew? I laughed at his question because I hadn't even said that I was Jewish yet, and I definitely didn't speak Hebrew.