- A woman shared her heart-breaking story on social media
- She spoke about how she faced rejection from friends and family for dating a black man
- Luckily the pair weathered the storm and are still together with two adorable kids
A woman has shared a story about how prejudice and discrimination almost ruined her relationship. The Afrikaans lady opened up about how her conservative family and friends gave her a hard time when she started dating a Xhosa man.
Cerise Mtshatsheni shared her story on the Facebook group "ImStaying". She met her husband in 2013. The news of their courtship spread and was not well-received.
"I remember having to actually tell certain white people why I was so in love with this man and what he could possibly offer, write my gran a letter to explain (not that she had issues, but the rest of the family would)."
Cerise, who is a journalist by profession, even lost some of her friends, who refused to speak to her.
She decided to live in a black township for a year. She learnt a lot during this time in Tlhabane, Rustenburg. She went on to say that she felt a sense of community and acceptance.
The relationship has been going strong for six years and the pair are married with two beautiful children.
"He offers me the opportunity to be ME. To have my fat bum and curves and embrace them, to be madly attracted to him, unapologetically so, to contribute to the coloured population in SA, to know how the biggest majority of our country's people see things, how they feel and think."
Jane Lee Kennedy-Pitts said:
"Cerise your story is beautiful and well done for remaining true to yourself and for being courageous. Your story is a beautiful one and yes, the racist so-called friends did you a favour, less is more. God bless you, your husband and children. You are contributing to the Rainbow Nation."
Vanessa Majola said:
While Kaylene Magdalene Naidoo-Jacobs said:
"My husband is from Rustenburg and I must say the people there are quite judgmental about interracial relationships. When we went out to the mall there were so many eyes on us, one lady even choked when she saw him hold my hand."
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