Now she's bringing his story to the big screen and hopes it will illuminate a seemingly forgotten part of British post-war history. In , Seretse Khama, an African prince training to be a lawyer in London, met and fell in love with Ruth Williams, an English bank clerk. But their interracial relationship and plans to wed and return to Seretse's native Bechuanaland modern Botswana was greeted by fierce family and political opposition. Introducing the film to the audience at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere, Asante described Seretse and Ruth as "people who held onto life with both hands". They were front page news. The South African government - about to introduce apartheid - could not tolerate the idea of an interracial couple ruling a neighbouring country.
A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news
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HuffPost UK parenting columnist Robyn Wilder believes the discourse around Harry and Meghan throughout their relationship may have something to tell us about attitudes towards mixed-race relationships in Britain. Media rhetoric has been negative towards Meghan from the start. Gabriella says she and her boyfriend, year-old Ethan Quesne, have never had big problems being in a mixed-race couple, but when they started dating three and a half years ago she was nervous about the potential challenges. Her husband is white British and one-quarter German. The dad in this family is Nigerian British and the mum is white British. I know of a friend who had to pull his son out of another school because of this same issue. The pair now live in London, but got together in when Nick was working in San Francisco.
Does Britain Still Have An Issue With Interracial Relationships?
A prince marries a 'foreigner'. The couple adjust to their new lives while surrounded by apprehensive family members and a hostile community. This description could be for a documentary about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - now better known as Harry and Meghan - in It's actually a write-up for the movie, A United Kingdom.
After the tragic deaths of the summer and another sad renaissance for the Black Lives Matter movement a lot of interracial couples found themselves talking about race for the first time. Early on in their relationship, Jamila gave her white husband Tommo a crash course in their racial differences: the expected ignorant comments from others, the inability to walk into a shop and find her cosmetic needs catered for, and the whitewashing of historical figures that were banished from the school curriculum. The divide between people being passively non-racist and actively anti-racist became a major talking point. Protests in the US and UK — including the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston — also opened up a conversation about what individuals consider an appropriate response to institutional racism.