This shot is one of US photographer Donna Pinckley’s ongoing series Sticks and Stones, which pairs interracial couples with the abuse they’ve received, sometimes directly, sometimes overheard. A southern girl at heart (she tells me that she could never move further north than Little Rock, Arkansas, where she lives), Pinckley works in black and white and the couples she depicts include a wide range of ethnicities and sexualities.
This is another example of something I maintain is true, that the UK currently is about as unracist a society as exists or ever has.
I don’t doubt at all that there are racists in the UK. Nor that people who are in such “interracial” couplings have received abuse at some time or another. But my general impression (yes, I’ve been out of both countries for some time but still) is that an interracial couple in the US might still be something that people might remark upon whereas in the UK it would just be part of the passing scenery. Doesn’t stop some remarking upon it as above, but as a general rule it’s not even something that would be all that noted.
I don’t think I’d actually want to have to try and prove this, it is only an impression. Except, well, when you look at interracial marriage rates (or, more accurately these days, who is having children with whom) the UK is vastly further along the road of just not giving a shit about skin colour than the US, or indeed many other countries, is. Can’t recall the numbers exactly but something like 30% of second generation immigrants (and not of all groups) are marrying out. At that sort of rate race becomes just a melanin tinge to the population in a couple of centuries.