Why the Hell Are On-Screen Interracial Relationships Still a Big Deal?Lindy West9/11/13 6:10pmFiled to: representationinterracial relationshipsadvertisingmedia3449EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGIF We're now in year six of sunny post-racial America, and things are going great, right!?! We have a biracial president, and, uh...Halle Berry won an Oscar that time...and...a vocal contingent of Americans will eagerly whip themselves into a racist frenzy over a kid having a white mom and a black dad in a fucking Cheerios commercial. Up top, people-who-say-racism-is-over!So, sarcasm aside, why is it still a water-cooler-worthy novelty (and/or abominable horror) to see an interracial couple in a commercial, TV show, or movie? There's been progress, sure—ordinary, healthy interracial couples show up from time to time nowadays; whereas I can't remember any examples from my childhood that weren't either exotified or used as cautionary tales. But considering the amount of lip service we, as a society, pay to the "normalcy" and "acceptability" of interracial relationships, why should on-screen interracial romance warrant even a blip at this point? Is it possible—just go with me on this, America—that we still have some racial issues we haven't quite worked through?